An independent review of the M Bovis eradication programme has found it is on track to rid New Zealand of the devastating cattle disease. M bovis has been found on 267 farms and more than 170,000 cattle have been culled. In 2018 the government opted to be first in the world to try and eradicate the disease over 10 years. To date it has cost over $350 million and we are down to four infected farms in Canterbury. MPI Director General Ray Smith says the independent review into eradication response found it was not prepared for such a large scale biosecurity response.
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