Statement from Certified Semen Services:
Certified Semen Services, Inc. (CSS) sympathizes with the plight of New Zealand’s dairy producers as the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) acts to protect biosecurity by posting restricted notices on farms that have tested positive for Mycoplasma bovis (M.bovis). The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) does not list M. bovis nor does it recommend testing for this organism in either the semen or donor bull for safe international trade. Nonetheless, utilizing thorough research and testing methods, CSS instituted semen processing requirements that are effective in controlling M. bovis (and other specified potential semen borne microbes) in each breeding unit of semen. Over the past 35 years the track record demonstrates there have been no reports of M. bovis being cultured from frozen semen that has been processed according to these CSS Minimum Requirements. This historical testament to safety should provide New Zealand’s dairy producers complete confidence in using CSS “Health Certified Semen” in their herds.
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