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Sick Cows – Can Cause a Nation’s Currency to Drop

Touch the Soil News #1030 (Feature photo – Holstein Cow – Public Domain) New Zealand has millions of dairy cows and exports 95 percent of what those cows produce – $12.5 billion dollars worth. Major buyers of milk products from New Zealand include the United States, China, UAE, Australia and Japan. Over the past 9 months, a number of New Zealand dairy cows have been found to have a disease called Mycoplasma Bovis. The disease causes things like udder infection, pneumonia and arthritis. New Zealand is one of the largest exporters of dairy products (18-20 percent of its economy). Concerns are that if the disease is not eradicated, the economic…

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