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Who’s who in the fight to eradicate M. bovis?

Along with the Programme partners there are many groups helping to provide support to farmers moving through the eradication process.

Programme partners

Frontline farmer support
Frontline help
Dairy Cattle Veterinarians Branch of the NZVA

Programme partners

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is in partnership with DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) to eradicate M. bovis.

The three industry partners are behind the 2019 M. bovis National Plan. It sets out 3 clear goals:

  • to eradicate M. bovis from New Zealand
  • to reduce the impact of the disease and the eradication programme for everyone affected
  • to leave New Zealand's biosecurity system stronger. 

DairyNZ, Beef+Lamb New Zealand and Federated Farmers support MPI's decisions. They also recognise that this is a difficult time for the farmers involved.

The industry organisations believe that the measures are necessary to protect all New Zealand cattle farms from the disease.


MPI - M. bovis Programme

Contact details


Phone: 0800 43 24 79 69

Beef+Lamb New Zealand

Phone: 0800 233 352

Welfare and support partners

This is a difficult time for M. bovis affected farmers, their families and workers, along with their communities. The Programme is working to reduce the impact of the disease and the eradication programme for everyone affected.

Providing farmer support across all regions affected is important, so the Programme engages the Rural Support Trust (RST), along with industry and the rural community-based National Adverse Events Committees (NAEC).

See the range of farmer support available.

Frontline help

AsureQuality (AQ)

AsureQuality (AQ) is MPI’s biosecurity partner. AQ staff help with the M. bovis eradication programme by ensuring that cleaning and disinfection, legal notice and permit requirements are met.


Farm Systems Manager (FSM)

If your farm is placed under Notice of Direction (NOD), you’ll be assigned a Farm Systems Manager (FSM).

They are your main point of contact for any questions and will oversee all activities related to testing, and if required, containing and eradicating M. bovis on your farm. 

Your Farm Systems Manager (FSM) will work with you on a Farm Recovery Plan, tailored to your operation.

They'll help you to:

  • plan through to the lifting of your Restricted Place Notice
  • reduce the impact of any losses you incur
  • work out a strategy to get you back to business of farming, as soon as possible.


Compensation assistance team - DBCAT

We encourage you to use DBCAT (DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb NZ Compensation Assistance Team) to help you put your compensation claim together. 

DBCAT provides a free service supported by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and run independently by DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb NZ.

They will help you to:

  • understand whether you can get compensation
  • clarify what losses you can claim for
  • work through the compensation claim forms
  • advise you about the compensation claim process 

Contact DBCAT

Phone: 0800 32 22 81

Email: admin@dbcat.co.nz


MPI Compensation team

The MPI compensation are responsible for assessing and paying compensation.

See more information on applying for Operational Costs and Compensation

Dairy Cattle Veterinarians Branch of the NZVA

The New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) is supporting vets to help farmers respond to the detection and eradication of M. bovis. MPI also works with local vets to advise the farmer on managing any sick animals.

NZVA — more on Mycoplasma bovis

Find out more about Compensation & Operational costs