An independent review into the Mycoplasma bovis eradication programme, has found it is on track to achieve eradication and made recommendations to boost biosecurity work. Ag Minister Damien O’Connor says the economic cost of endemic Mycoplasma bovis would top $1 billion in the first 10 years alone and continue to burden the sector into the future. The review finds that the programme is running well and is on track to achieve a world first of eradicating M.bovis. It recommends continued focus on how best to respond to animal diseases. MPI Director-General Ray Smith says the M. bovis programme has provided valuable lessons for future disease responses which are being applied to areas such as the Foot and Mouth Disease Readiness Programme. NZ is now down to four infected farms, all of which are situated in Canterbury.