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Administration of the Mycoplasma bovis Eradication Programme

Update – 15 May 2024

We've released a summary of the main submission themes along with amendments and clarifications to the proposed management plan. All feedback was analysed and considered by the M. bovis Eradication Programme partners – MPI, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, and DairyNZ. The draft proposal for the national plan was updated following consultation feedback.

Consultation results: Proposed M. bovis National Pest Management Plan [PDF, 951 KB]

Next steps

The updated proposed national plan and a full report on the consultation process will be presented to the Minister for Biosecurity for consideration. The minister must be satisfied that the new national plan meets the requirements of the Biosecurity Act 1993. Once satisfied, the minister will seek Cabinet approval for the national plan to take effect.

Consultation background

A proposal was made to change administration of the Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) Eradication Programme.

The key changes of the proposal included:

  • moving management of the M. bovis Eradication Programme from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to OSPRI
  • establishing a new framework – a National (M. bovis) Pest Management Plan – to enable OSPRI to administer the M. bovis Eradication Programme and manage disease
  • new reduced farmer levy to finance the programme.

The consultation was open from 14 August to 23 October 2023.

Consultation documents

Mycoplasma bovis consultation information booklet [PDF, 7.9 MB]

Mycoplasma bovis proposal summary [PDF, 279 KB]

National Mycoplasma bovis Pest Management Plan proposal [PDF, 1.4 MB]

Related information

Cost allocation analysis (CAA) National Pest Management Plan for Mycoplasma Bovis (redacted) [PDF, 1.5 MB]

Cost benefit analysis National Pest Management Plan for Mycoplasma bovis (Deloitte) [PDF, 762 KB]

Frequently asked questions

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Background to the proposed changes

The M. bovis Eradication Programme is managed and funded under a Government Industry Agreement (GIA) between M. bovis Eradication Programme partners MPI, DairyNZ Incorporated (DairyNZ), and Beef+Lamb New Zealand Limited (B+LNZ). It was set up shortly after M. bovis was first detected in New Zealand in 2017 when it was assessed that eradication was possible. During this phase of eradication, it was appropriate for the GIA partners to mount a timely response for disease management to be primarily delivered by MPI.

Half-way through an estimated 10-year programme, the eradication effort is entering a phase where it is expected to find fewer cases of infection. The success to date means the work in coming years will centre on surveillance of the national herd through continued milk and abattoir testing.

The proposal was to ensure the M. bovis Eradication Programme continues to adapt to the work that remains ahead and make the most of the significant gains made to date. It was also intended to strengthen the national biosecurity system.

The M. bovis Eradication Programme partners support a change from the current GIA framework to a National Pest Management Plan. It will enable an agency to carry out eradication of M. bovis, and put in place measures for public transparency.

A National Pest Management Plan or national plan is a regulatory approach under the Biosecurity Act 1993 designed to provide coordinated, long-term management, and eradication of pests and disease.

While this is a new framework for M. bovis, it is a familiar approach for farmers in that it has been used to manage and fund the bovine tuberculosis (TB) eradication for several decades.

Submissions are public information

Note that all, part, or a summary of your submission may be published on this website. Most often this happens when we issue a document that reviews the submissions received.

People can also ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the content of submissions available unless we have good reason for withholding it. Those reasons are detailed in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

If you think there are grounds to withhold specific information from publication, make this clear in your submission or contact us. Reasons may include that it discloses commercially sensitive or personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold details can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may direct us to release it.

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