In the aftermath of a potential Mycoplasma bovis threat in Northland when wandering stock were placed into a neighbouring paddock for safety, Biosecurity New Zealand has reassured communities that systems are in place to mitigate against the spread of the disease.
They advise this type of scenario has been considered and communicated with emergency services and councils nationwide, and the responses national management team has a liaison officer for coordination purposes.
Procedures are in place on an infected property to prevent contact with other stock, as well as strict movement controls, so any wandering animals placed in a paddock temporarily should not come into contact with those infected.
“MPI’s advice is to impound wandering stock until the owner can be identified and plans made to return them are put in place. Anyone who sees wandering stock should call their local council,” said a spokesperson for the Ministry of Primary Industries.
“The infected property in Northland remains under movement and legal controls with the animals to be culled at a time that works in with the farmer. No animals can be moved on or off the property without MPI’s permission.”
All stock should be safely fenced to prevent wandering onto roads, and if impounded the owner may be liable for costs incurred.
Anyone coming across wandering stock on the road can contact 0800 105 890, or in the event of an accident already having occurred, call the police via the 111 emergency service.