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  •   Home > News > Rural

    A Southland farmer has pleaded not guilty plea to five charges relating to the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak

    A Southland farmer has pleaded not guilty plea to five charges relating to the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak


    Alfons Zeestraten has appeared in the Invercargill District Court.

    The Otago Daily Times reports he's charged with unpacking goods from a container knowing they were under the control of an inspector - and introducing goods into a restricted place, without permission.

    The contagious cattle disease was first detected in July 2017 on a South Canterbury farm - and spread rapidly causing more than 50 thousand cattle to be culled.

    Zeestraten will next appear in April.

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