A dangerous disease has hit New Zealand’s cows and dairy industry.
The disease is Mycoplasma bovis and it is expected to cost around $1 billion to fix.
The disease was discovered in July last year and since then 41 farms have been confirmed as infected. That has since dropped to 37 farms, with more than 11,000 cattle slaughtered.
The bacterium causes illness in cattle, including udder infections, pneumonia and arthritis.
WHAT IS MYCOPLASMA BOVIS?
Mycoplasma bovis is a bacterial disease. It is commonly found in cattle all over the world, including in Australia, but this is the first detection of it in New Zealand.
We were one of the last countries free of the disease. It does not infect humans and presents no food safety risk.
There is no concern about eating meat, milk and milk products
It does lead to serious conditions in cattle and is spread from animal to animal through close contact.