New Zealand to slaughter 150,000 cows in record cull

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In cattle, casualties are recorded due to the respiratory diseases triggered by this bacterium which is responsible for a third of all the respiratory infections in cattle.

Officials carrying out the cull "have the legal authority to forcibly enter farms and kill animals even in cases where a farmer might resist, but they said they hope they don't have to use those powers", Bloomberg reports.

Mass culls were necessary because there was no test that was completely reliable in detecting the disease, he said.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealand plans to slaughter about 150,000 cows as it tries to eradicate a strain of disease-causing bacteria from the national herd. The officials have also acknowledged that it will be tough for the farmers to deal with the loss of their cattle and that their pain can be understood. "And we have to support them as neighbors, community members, farmers, friends".

"We are committed to working in partnership with the farming sector to ensure its long-term success".

New Zealand is the world's largest exporter of dairy, producing 3% of all the world's milk.

Damien O'Connor said it was important all farmers showed a collective responsibility for the sake of the wider sector and get on-board with the eradication operation.

"The opportunity is there to have a good crack at eradicating it".

Dairy NZ would be there to support each individual farmer affected.

Compensation is available for anyone who has verifiable losses as a result of directions they are given by MPI under the Biosecurity Act to manage Mycoplasma bovis. With this decision we know more help is needed and the Government and industry groups are committed to helping farmers through this stressful time.

An investigation into how Mycoplasma bovis got into the country is still underway.

There was a set of reassessment measures that, if met, would prompt a re-evaluation of the plan.

Mr O'Connor said he had asked the Ministry for Primary Industries to revisit the compensation process and a new "streamlined" approach had been developed for those whose animals were culled to enable a substantial payment "within a matter of days". The nation would be spending near about NZ$800m (five hundred sixty million dollars) over about ten years in order to protect the dairy herd of New Zealand and secure the future dairy production of the nation's farming industry, which yields the nation the second largest profit.

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