M. bovis facts

Mycoplasma bovis is spread from animal to animal through close contact and bodily fluids, for example, mucus and milking equipment. Calves can be infected through drinking milk from infected cows.

The disease is not a food safety risk. It affects animal welfare and production. It affects only cattle, including dairy cows and beef cattle.

Some simple steps farmers can take include:

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Carefully consider the disease status of new stock before animals are bought or moved

Ensure visitors clean and disinfect their equipment, clothing, and footwear upon arrival to your farm

Ensure boundary fences are secure and prevent nose-to-nose contact with neighbouring stock

Provide young calves with special protection, allowing only essential people in the calf shed.