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The Wakanui area in mid-Canterbury will be put under a Controlled Area Notice (CAN) from 13 October 2022 – restricting the movement of cattle in an effort to stop Mycoplasma bovis circulating in the area.

The CAN will apply to the area for a period of approximately six months. All properties in the high-risk area (red) will be depopulated by mid-January 2023, or earlier, followed by a standdown period to allow these properties to be cleaned and disinfected.

Read the full press release here.

The legal controls will step up the already tight controls in the area. It’s important to take all possible steps to ensure this pocket of infection is contained, and the progressive depopulation of all properties in the high-risk area (red) is successful.

The CAN defines two areas in Wakanui – a high-risk area (red) and at-risk area (orange):

What this means for farmers with cattle  

In the the high-risk area (red):

  • No cattle can be brought onto the property after 13 October 2022
  • All remaining cattle need to be depopulated by mid-January 2023
  • We will work closely with farmers and unique circumstances to ensure removal of cattle occurs at a time that minimises disruption.

In the the at-risk area (orange):

  • Enhanced testing and census will be carried out
  • We will work closely with farmers and unique circumstances.

We will share further information ahead of the CAN coming into place on 13 October 2022.

Support and compensation

We acknowledge this will be a challenging and disruptive time for the small number of farmers in the Wakanui area. M. bovis Director, Simon Andrew has visited a number of farmers in the area and is working closely to support them through this process. There may be further questions or support required and we are committed to working through this with farmers.

The Rural Support Trust is available to help and can be contacted on 0800 78 72 54 or visit: www.rural-support.org.nz.

If you want to check out general information about the M. bovis Programme, please visit: www.mbovis.govt.nz

Normal compensation eligibility and processes apply.

Compensation is available to farmers who have incurred a loss due to the Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) exercise of powers or restrictions under the Biosecurity Act 1993 (the Act) section 162A, parts 6 and 7.

We have compensation support available through DBCAT (DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand Compensation Assistance Team), which provides free assistance to farmers preparing compensation claims and we encourage farmers to use this service. This service can be accessed by calling 0800 32 22 81 or emailing admin@dbcat.co.nz.

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