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Interim Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) Council

Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a highly contagious viral disease that affects all cloven-hoofed animals, such as cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and deer. The interim FMD Council brings representatives from livestock industries and the Ministry for Primary Industries together to develop an Operational Agreement (OA) for FMD.

The OA will specify how the parties will work in partnership to enhance FMD biosecurity risk management across the biosecurity system and meet the GIA Deed commitments for joint decision-making and cost-sharing for readiness and response activities.


Focused on better biosecurity outcomes, the Signatories will work together to reduce impacts from FMD to the animal sector and New Zealand by:

  1. Ensuring the capability to detect an FMD incursion as rapidly as possible within 7 days of initiation of the outbreak.  
  2. Maintaining readiness policies, plans, and the operational capabilities to eradicate a medium* scenario outbreak. 
  3. Minimising economic impacts to the animal industries of the incursion and response, while complying with statutory environmental obligations, and with mechanisms to manage social impacts.

* defined as an outbreak of 52 infected places; of 50 days duration. 

The medium scenario is described in MPI Technical Paper No: 2014/18. Foot-and-Mouth Disease Economic Impact Assessment: What it means for New Zealand. 

Council membership

  • Gavin Forest, NZ Federated Farmers (Chair)
  • Dave Harrison, representing Beef + Lamb NZ
  • Kimberley Crewther, representing the Dairy Companies Association of NZ (DCANZ)
  • Carol Barnao, General Manager, Policy and Advocacy, representing Dairy NZ
  • Dan Coup, representing Deer Industry NZ
  • Katie Milne, representing Federated Farmers of NZ (FFNZ)
  • Tim Ritchie, representing the Meat Industry Association (MIA)
  • Geoff Gwyn, Melanie Russel, and Paul Dansted, representing the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)
  • Frances Clement, representing NZ Pork


  • Steve Rich, GIA Secretariat

If you have any questions about the activities of the interim FMDC please contact your industry representative.


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