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Repopulation & recovery

Final steps to farm recovery

Take a look at the final steps below which support your farm recovery.

  • 1. Repopulation

    Following C&D and stand down you can repopulate your farm with new cattle.

    You’re free to choose where you get new cattle from and there is advice on buying cattle available. We do recommend you have your replacement cattle tested to provide an added level of assurance that they are not infected with M. bovis.

    Talk to your Farm Systems Manager if you would like to have this testing (also known as ‘repopulation surveillance’) carried out. The cost is covered by the M. bovis Programme.

    It is best practice to have the testing done before you receive the replacement cattle, but it can be done after the cattle arrive at your farm.
    The testing will involve taking blood samples for ELISA tests.

    All repopulated farms that were formerly Active Confirmed Properties will be included in applicable ongoing national surveillance programmes, such as the:

  • 2. Recovery plan

    The M. bovis Programme has dedicated Farm Systems Managers (FSMs). Their role includes helping you to plan through to the lifting of your Restricted Place Notice. They’ll also help you with reducing the impact of any losses you incur.

    A Farm Systems Manager will work with you on a recovery plan that’s tailored to your operation.

  • 3. Professional advice to support recovery

    The Programme can contribute up to $5,000 (excl. GST) per property that’s run as a separate business entity, to help you obtain professional business and technical advice to support your recovery following depopulation.

    You can decide what type of advice you need and choose a supplier from a pre-approved list.

    The types of advice you can get could include:

    • strategic planning, including farm business and whole farm plans
    • land management and sustainable management techniques
    • analysis of farm systems
    • risk and recovery management
    • business continuity
    • modelling farm-change scenarios
    • alternate land use options
    • technical advice on soil, pastures, animal production or feed budgeting
    • financial planning and decision support
    • farm accounts analysis.


    To find out more, talk to your Farm Systems Manager.

  • 4. Compensation

    Compensation can be paid when MPI has exercised legal powers under the Biosecurity Act 1993 that have caused you a loss.

    This is as a result of:

    • damage to, or destruction of, your property, including cattle, or
    • restrictions imposed on the movement or disposal of goods and cattle.

    To be eligible for compensation, you must be able to provide evidence of the loss. You also need to show that you took reasonable steps to mitigate the loss.

    Find out more about the compensation available and how it works.

Farmer tip

Keep all animal movement records up to date. Complying with the NAIT (National Animal Identification and Tracing) system is law. But accurate record keeping is also a useful tool for managing your own on-farm biosecurity. It provides you with a complete history of brought-in animals.