TB affects farm milk production

Cattle grazing at Baljindar Singh's farm in Wainibuka, Tailevu. Picture: RAMA

FARM milk production has dropped after the re-emergence of bovine tuberculosis, says Agriculture Minister Inia Seruiratu.

According to the ministry, the incidence of TB in the past four years had been falling until June this year.

Mr Seruiratu said between July and August this year, there had been an increase mainly because of tests carried out on non-compliant farms.

He said these non-compliant farmers who did not want to have their animals tested for the past three years have now agreed to come on board, resulting in the higher detection rate.

“The animals that have reacted positively to the tests have been removed which includes milking cows and replacement heifers,” Mr Seruiratu said.

“This has reduced farm milk production, replacement cows and subsequently reduction in the supply of raw milk to the processing factory. In monetary terms, farmers will have reduced income however; the culling process is necessary to protect the industry in the long run,” he added.

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