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New Zealand plans to slaughter 100,000 cows to eliminate Mycoplasma

New Zealand plans to slaughter 100,000 cows to eliminate Mycoplasma

"This is a tough time, and the pain and anguish [affected farmers] are going to go through is really disgusting", she said.

The government has said that it is taking the step to eradicate the danger of the infection spreading to farms of New Zealand. The project has been approved with the agreement of the livestock sector, will have a cost equivalent to more than $500 million and will be implemented over the next ten years.

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.

About 126,000 cows are expected to be culled, mainly over the next two years, as government and industry work to depopulate all infected farms, the government said in a statement.

Last July, Mycoplasma bovis was found in the country for the first time. The dairy herd of the country reportedly has around 6.6 million cows.

Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor said it was believed the outbreak came from one source and that expert advice indicated it was possible to contain and eradicate it.

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Katie Milne, the national president of the advocacy group Federated Farmers, insisted that authorities would try to make sure affected farmers had all the support they needed, including adequate compensation.

It has been made clear by the officials that all the cows belonging to an infected farm will be killed even if they are healthy.

"This is a necessary, unfortunate part of not having yet a test that clearly identifies the individual animals", he said.

The problem with Mycoplasma bovis is that it's hard to detect and doesn't respond to antibiotics. The infection causes several diseases in the cows that can spread quickly. That has since dropped to 37 farms, with more than 11,000 cattle slaughtered.

Mycoplasma bovis can cause such ailments as mastitis, pneumonia, and arthritis.

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