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13 Sep


New Zealand Politician Calls For Disinfectant Mat Use At Borders

September 13, 2017 | By |

With the tree fungus Rapid Ohia Death looming at New Zealand’s door, is it time for New Zealand’s government to up its game and take action before it is too late?

Richard Prosser, MP and Spokesperson for Biosecurity for the New Zealand First Party, has spoken out in a recent press release about the spread of Rapid Ohia Death (ROD), a tree fungus he reports has devastated forests in Hawaii. He states that ROD has now been detected in Tahiti and suggests that it could reach New Zealand shortly.

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12 Nov


Disinfection Mats used to prevent Animal Infectious Diseases entering Japan

November 12, 2016 | By |

Currently, there are outbreaks of virulent domestic animal infectious diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) and avian influenza (H5N1) in various countries around the world.

If an animal infectious disease were to enter a country which is otherwise disease-free, it will not only cause serious damage to that countries livestock industry but will also result in enormous socio-economic losses and have long-term effects such as reduced animal productivity and restrictions on international trade in animal products.

In 2010 Japan experienced an out break of FMD which affected cloven-hoofed animals including cattle, swine, sheep, goat & wildlife species and resulted in the culling of 290,000 cattle beasts.  Thankfully, Japan was able to contain the spread of the highly-contagious disease and can now claim to be FMD free but many lessons were learnt.

To future safeguard against animal infectious diseases entering Japan the Animal Quarantine Service (AQS) has introduced new border biosecurity measures including the use of Disinfection Mats.

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11 Sep


Only the Best for Rio Olympic Horses

September 11, 2016 | By |

No expense was spared in providing luxury accommodation for some athletes competing in Rio.

Rio Olympic Equine Centre

Rio Olympic Equine Centre

The five­ star residence was at the Olympic Equestrian Centre where 270 horses arrived from around the world in customized pallets on charter flights.

From the airport the special cargo, whose value runs into millions of dollars, were transported to their boutique Rio resort.

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14 Jul


Ensuring your farm remains disease-free

July 14, 2016 | By |

Farm Biosecurity is a set of measures designed to protect a property from the entry and spread of infectious disease.  It is the responsibility of every person visiting or working on your property – if it can move, it can carry disease.

Sweetmat Disinfection Mat Farm Biosecurity Boots Mud

Sweetmat Disinfection Mat Farm Biosecurity Outbreak Infectious Disease Animal Cattle Stock Movement

People, vehicles, equipment, animals and even the environment can pose a Biosecurity risk to your farm and for this reason need to be managed accordingly.  Sweetmat Disinfection Mats offer a range of products to use in conjunction with a broad spectrum disinfectant to help manage the risk of less visible threats to your property like bacteria, viruses and spores.

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07 Aug


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Disinfection Mats Save New Zealand Native Kauri Tree

August 7, 2015 | By | No Comments

UPDATED 9 January 2017

MWDesign Stop Kauri Dieback


UPDATED 11 August 2016

Kauri dieback study to track disease in Waitakere Ranges


The New Zealand native Kauri tree is amongst the worlds most magnificant trees- true giants of the forest that typically living for 1,000-2,000 years.  But they are in danger as they fight to stay alive against ‘Kauri Dieback’ disease. Kauri Dieback is a fungus-like plant pathogen Phytophthora Taxon Agathis (PTA) made up of microscopic spores that live in soil.

It is easily spread from infected areas with footwear, wildlife, bikes, vehicles and outdoor equipment all being capable of carrying the Kauri Dieback disease to healthy areas of Kauri forest.

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Kauri Dieback Logo

The New Zealand Department of Conservation is being vigilant to prevent the spread of the disease by creating biosecurity checkpoints around infected areas.

Sweetmat Disinfection Mats are being used at these checkpoints alongside other biosecurity measures.

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