Anyone worried about animals in the fire affected area should phone MPI on 0800 008 333 (option 4). Restricted residential access to all fire-affected valleys today (18 February) has been cancelled because of high winds and the associated extreme fire danger.
Making sure that pigs are not fed uncooked meat waste is a vital part of keeping diseases such as foot-and-mouth and swine fevers out of New Zealand.
Foodborne illness strikes about 200,000 New Zealanders every year with around half of those cases occurring in the home and Campylobacter is the most common cause.
Biosecurity NZ and the Department of Conservation are encouraging the public to check their local myrtle plants this summer to help track the spread of the fungal disease myrtle rust.
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council reminds landowners to check the grasses on their properties to make sure this pest plant isn’t growing. “The distinctive purple seed head becomes visible in spring and early summer making the plant easier to distinguish from other grasses.
MPI is proposing changes to NAIT and is looking for public submissions.
MPI have issued some key points about the new Animal Welfare Regulations that come into effect on 1st October.