Legal notices for Mycoplasma bovis

We place properties under different legal notices depending on the situation on the property. Find out about the types of notices and what they mean.

Notices to control the disease

To control the disease, we're issuing 2 types of legal notices to farms that are affected and farms that are suspected of being affected:

  • Restricted Place Notices
  • Notices of Direction.

Both types are to restrict the movement of any risk goods, including cattle and equipment, out of these properties. MPI follows up all incidents of non-compliance of the notices.

Movement controls are only for cattle. Other species are excluded from controls and therefore do not need permits for movement. This is because of the extremely low transmission risk that we know other animals represent.

Restricted Place Notices

All infected farms and farms suspected of having Mycoplasma bovis have a Restricted Place Notice (or “RP”) in place. 

  • The RP prohibits all unauthorised movements of farm stock and other risk goods onto and off the property. This minimises the chance of the disease spreading from the property.
  • Any movement of cattle requires a permit from MPI.
  • Transport vehicles must follow a cleaning and disinfection process when they leave a restricted place.
  • Staff from AsureQuality (MPI's managing partner for biosecurity) are ensuring that cleaning, disinfecting, and permit requirements are met.

A Restricted Place Notice is issued under section 130 of the Biosecurity Act 1993.

Notices of Direction

MPI issues a Notice of Direction (NoD) to farms when an authorised person believes that taking stock and other risk goods from a property could spread Mycoplasma bovis

  • The NoD aims to prevent further spread and doesn't restrict movement of stock or goods onto the farm.
  • Cattle can only move off the farm with a permit.
  • Other steps may be required (cleaning and disinfecting of vehicles).

MPI may issue a NoD when animals from infected properties move to that property, but testing has not happened yet. We may also issue the NoD if test results are still pending.

Sometimes we may issue a transitional NoD. We'll do that if we want to lock down an infected farm, or one that is highly likely to be infected, while we assess if it's possible to target or exclude areas or stock for a Restricted Place Notice.

Farms with strong biosecurity practices, able to keep mobs separate, and with excellent record-keeping, are more likely to be able to have only parts of their farm put under a RP and their farms partially depopulated. The EDIR (Exotic Disease Investigative Report) document you work on with the vet will help to inform what may work for your farm. Each case is different and we will work with you on this.

A Notice of Direction is issued under section 122 of the Biosecurity Act 1993.

A map showing properties under legal controls

This map shows properties (as at 22 July 2021) under:

  • Restricted Place notices
  • Notices of Direction.
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