A new report pointed out that New Zealand would walk up a step to eradicate the disease Mycoplasma Bovis by slaughtering near about hundred thousand cows. This cow disease was initially identified in the country in July in the year 2017 and is known to cause acute pneumonia, infections, and other serious conditions in cows.
Since the identification of the disease, near about twenty-six cows have already been slaughtered. However, the disease is still active. Mycoplasma bovis was first observed in the cows of South Island only but gradually it has spread up to the North Island also in the current year. An internal investigation has been initiated by the cops of the country with the Ministry of Primary Industries in order to find out as to how the cow disease emerged into New Zealand and spread such far affecting both the islands.
Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, said in a statement, “This is a tough call – no one ever wants to see mass culls. But the alternative is to risk the spread of the disease across our national herd. We have a real chance of eradication to protect our more than 20,000 dairy and beef farms, but only if we act now.” She further added, “Speaking with affected farmers in recent weeks it is obvious that this has taken a toll, but standing back and allowing the disease to spread would simply create more anxiety for all farmers.”
The farming sector of the nation along with the Government has decided upon culling around one hundred twenty-six thousand cows. 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.
New Zealand is known to be the biggest dairy exporter all over the globe and produces near about three percent of the total milk produced in the world. The dairy herd of the country reportedly has around 6.6 million cows. According to the nation’s Government, if this initiative is not taken up, the country would face a loss of around NZ$1.3bn in around ten years.