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Daily Digest: September 9, 2020

Massey to investigate spike in lepto cases  News that cases of leptospirosis are on the rise again is concerning for rural communities. Rural people make up 75% of cases and while livestock is vaccinated for lepto it’s not universal and there are new strains emerging.

Epidemiologists at Massey are doing a survey to find out more about its resurgence. Hopefully, that will shed some light on the rising case numbers. 

It’s important to remember how debilitating leptospirosis is – 70% of cases require hospital treatment and 50% are still feeling the effects six months later.

The more we know about it, the better we can work to make farms and rural communities safer.


Bryan Gibson


Massey study dives into lepto infections

The lingering effects and high hospitalisation rates victims of leptospirosis experience are being studied more closely in a four-year research project run by Massey scientists.


Minister seeks answers on live export trade

The future of New Zealand’s live cattle export trade remains uncertain as the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) continues to seek safety assurance for all involved in the business.


DOC targets deer numbers

Having successfully initiated a cull of tahr, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage has now turned her sights on deer.


 Wilding plan ‘just the tip of the iceberg’

Government's plan to put more muscle into the wilding pine war chest is welcome, but Federated Farmers says it will not be enough to win the battle.


Australia-China barley tariff unlikely to affect NZ

Australia's worsening trade war with China, which saw it slapped with an 80% tariff on all its barley exports, is unlikely to have any impact on the New Zealand grain market.


Tonight on Sarah’s Country 

7.10pm  – Synlait's national milk supply manager David Williams explains how its Lead with Pride programme will have suppliers on track to meet freshwater requirements. 

7.20pm – Rural Contractors chief executive Roger Parton gives an update on the spring labour shortage and the delay in sourcing overseas tractor parts and machinery. 

7.30pm – Potatoes NZ chief executive Chris Claridge explains how New Zealand vegetable growers will use a $4.7 million cash injection from MPI for a nationwide project set to transition crop production to more sustainable land management. 

7.40pm – A nationwide plan to tackle more than 800,000 hectares of wilding pines over the coming year will generate up to 550 new jobs and help prevent future wildfires, but Fed Farmers’ pest management spokesperson Chris Allen says it's not enough.

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