First Country to Attempt Eradication of Cattle Disease Mycoplasma bovis

Mycoplasma bovis was first confirmed as present within New Zealand in July 2017. Now it’s the first country to ever attempt an eradication of the disease – a decision that will cost upwards of US$598 million and will see around 152,000 cattle culled over a two-year period. Being a disease that’s very difficult to detect, the eradication effort is predicted to take up to 10 years to complete. It’s a bold move to prevent production losses and animal welfare issues, as Mark Ross of Agcarm discusses.