To:  All staff visiting farms

Date: May 2018

Subject: Supporting our Customers - Prevention of the Spread of Mycoplasma Bovis

Mycoplasma Bovis is a bacterium that can cause a range of serious conditions in cattle. It does not infect humans and presents no food safety risk.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has recently announced that this infection has been found on a Waikato farm in Cambridge.

All infected farms are under strict legal controls under the Biosecurity Act which requires comprehensive cleaning and disinfection before leaving the property.

AgrowQuip is fully committed to supporting and co-operating with our Customers and MPI when visiting farms

MPI have issued the following advice which all AgrowQuip employees should follow:

Farmers should be using routine on-farm biosecurity practices to minimise risk to their animals. Comply with the farm's cleaning and disinfection requirements to help minimise risk.

  • Don’t arrive unannounced. Let the farmer know you plan to visit their farm and ask what their requirements are.
  • Work with the farmer to comply with any farm biosecurity requirements.
  • Clean and disinfect footwear, protective clothing and equipment before coming on the farm and again before leaving the farm.
  • Be proactive – assure farmers of your hygiene practices.

 

MPI have also advised that vehicles are safe to moved around from farm to farm as they pose minimal risk but please follow any cleaning procedures that may be required before leaving the premises.

 Agrowquip employees will be equipped with a disinfectant spray bottle and brush to clean shoes when leaving farms to provide extra assurance to our customers of our proactive response to the  prevention of the spread of Mycoplasma Bovis.

For more information visit the MPI biosecurity website:

https://www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/responding/alerts/mycoplasma-bovis/