Cattle categories removed from A&P show

This year’s Otago-Taieri A&P Show will be without cattle categories, as shows across the South take precautions against Mycoplasma bovis.

Kelly Allison said the decision not to have cattle at the January 27 show was made last week in  light of the spread of the bacterial infection, to guard against its transmission.

Mr Allison is on the Otago-Taieri A&P Show committee and on the executive of the Royal Agricultural Society of New Zealand.

"I think it’s a very small chance that a cow would transfer it to another cow," he said.

However, because of Ministry for Primary Industries recommendations limiting cattle movement, a lot of shows had decided to drop cattle sections.

Winton had also dropped cattle categories at its show, as had Southland.

No decisions had yet been announced for several other shows  to be held later in the year, but he expected the same one to be taken.

"By next show season we’ll all know what’s happening and we’ll all have a bit more information."

david.loughrey@odt.co.nz

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