Potgieter and her husband were sharemilkers on the van Leeuwen farm
in South Canterbury. She told RNZ's Checkpoint about the discovery of
the cattle disease, and how all of the farm's cows had to be killed.
really sad for me. I was getting new born calves by then. The cows
had started calving at the end of July and the works wouldn't take
the calves or pets.
this time Pet Food had come. [They] shoot the calves in the pens and
I'd go back the next day and there would be blood in the pens. There
were still calves alive as they were only allowed to take a certain
number a day."
rest of the cows had also been killed.
described the discovery of the cattle disease and said she noticed
some of the cows were "springing" in May 2017, which was an
indicator they were ready to calve. This was worrying as it was too
early in the year.
pulled at a cow's teat and what came out "was like butter".
They called the vet, who did some tests which came back negative.
During this time some of the cows displayed symptoms of arthritis and
struggled to walk on their front legs.
separated the cows - 162 of 352 were affected at that time. The
pushed back on the vet to make more tests.