Micoplasma bovis poses no risk to human health

You may now have read reports of the planned cull of approximately 150,000 cattle from a small number of New Zealand farms in which there have been confirmed cases of the bacterial infection Mycoplasma bovis.

Waitaki Biosciences would like to reassure its customers that this infection in cattle poses absolutely no risk to human health.

This is an infection that affects cattle only and is not transferable to humans or other species through the food chain or otherwise.

The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) announced a plan on Monday May 28th to try to eradicate this disease from the New Zealand cattle herd through a controlled cull of 26,000 beef cattle and dairy cows, commencing immediately and a further approximately 126,000 animals over the next 2 – 3 years.

It is important to note that the vast majority of those animals to be culled will not be infected with the Mycoplasma bovis bacteria.

The total New Zealand herd is approximately 10,000,000 animals* so this cull of mostly healthy animals represents 1.6% of the total herd.

Further information can be found on the Ministry for Primary Industries website:


*Statistics New Zealand, 2017