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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackPeter View Post
    Did I mention Judith? Good thing about National is that they have plenty of talent ... not a one one-trick-pony party like Labor ;p;
    Sorry, I didn't realise i could only comment on those actually mentioned in your post.

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    Labour now embarking on the wholesale murder of 180,000 cows in a attempt to eradicate M Bovis which will fail.

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    That's a big win for the greens. This huge reduction in cow farts will impress the Chinese no end and create and for the trees that will probably be planted by the chinese with the governments permission. And, a special permit to bring in Chinese labour to do the job. M Bovis will continue to be found 'till the endof time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craic View Post
    That's a big win for the greens. This huge reduction in cow farts will impress the Chinese no end and create and for the trees that will probably be planted by the chinese with the governments permission. And, a special permit to bring in Chinese labour to do the job. M Bovis will continue to be found 'till the endof time.
    Those cows will just be replaced by heifers. Ie the heifer cull and or older cows that would be culled will now be kept for another year so our cow numbers would be the same as always surely?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackcap View Post
    Those cows will just be replaced by heifers. Ie the heifer cull and or older cows that would be culled will now be kept for another year so our cow numbers would be the same as always surely?
    It can't be as clear cut as that for each farmer. If his herd is infected it's culled, there won't be any selecting. Across the national herd it may balance out a little.

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    Best wishes to farmers and all to create a world first and eradicate. Having had it for only two years gives some hope they can, other countries had it for a decade or two before they even knew they had it ive read.Also hope all farmers do their best cooperating or it will fail. Very emotive and unsupportive item on the news by the couple who got a days grace, selfish even.

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    Who will be first to get Jacinda's boot? Hipkins, Curran, or Twyford? What do you think eZ? You know how I value your opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joshuatree View Post
    Best wishes to farmers and all to create a world first and eradicate. Having had it for only two years gives some hope they can, other countries had it for a decade or two before they even knew they had it ive read.Also hope all farmers do their best cooperating or it will fail. Very emotive and unsupportive item on the news by the couple who got a days grace, selfish even.
    Yes, what's important now is that MB is not allowed to spread in NZ. I can see farmers might preempt this by creating a fenced buffer on their boundaries. No calf club days, lambs only. Other species besides bovines are not thought to be significant carriers for any period of time. At least once a dairy farm is cleared of animals, it can be disinfected and allowed to rest for 60 days, then restocked. The MB bacterium doesn't survive for long in the ground, but prefers moist environments. It could have come in with imported feed, but that's considered unlikely. It may have come in on second-hand imported equipment. That might line up with the fact that only one strain of the bacterium has been identified so far. Calves being fed infected milk from an infected herd can easily get the disease. MPI are scanning milk samples from every herd in the country to pick up any outliers, although it's not foolproof. Monitored farms will need all contractors and goods/vehicles going on and off the property to be disinfected. This is a huge wakeup for the farming sector, but let's hope that no-one ever disparages or bypasses NAIT again, and that prompt action from this government and the farming sector will eradicate the infection.

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