22 Apr 2011

Fiji to continue testing cattle for brucellosis

4:38 pm on 22 April 2011

Fiji is continuting to test for brucellosis in cattle to prevent any further outbreaks of the infectious disease that devastated the dairy industry last year.

The Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, Lieutenant-Colonel Mason Smith, says the ministry has learnt lessons after more than 300 cows were culled as a result of the outbreak, Radio New Zealand International reports.

A second and final shipment of cattle from New Zealand arrived in Fiji last week to replace those lost.

The ministry is working to curtail any diseases that could be detrimental to milk production.

The government has also adopted the improvement of cattle genetics and artificial insemination.