Mycoplasma Bovis - Buying and rearing calves

7 months ago


Mycoplasma Bovis

How does it affect buying and rearing calves?


As you are probably aware, New Zealand has been trying to eradicate Mycoplasma Bovis from the country for a year now. Mycoplasma Bovis is a bacterial infection that effects cattle.

There is no cure for the disease so preventing your herd from becoming infected is best. It is spread via direct contact with infected cattle or via calves drinking infected milk.

Symptoms of Mycoplasma Bovis in calves include:

  • Pneumonia, cough and wheezing
  • Swollen joints
  • Droopy ears and discharge
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Poor body condition score

Dairy NZ have made up a Precaution information page for Calf Rearing. A good read if you are considering buying calves or milk as these are the two of the highest risks for spreading Mycoplasma Bovis. There is also a Pre-Purchase Checklist which can be downloaded too. Check them out below.


Precautions for Calf Rearing:

Pre-Purchase Checklist:

Symptoms chart: