An independent group is reviewing how we control TB in New Zealand. Be sure to have your say by submitting feedback on the proposal.

Click here to find out more.


Project Aorangi in the Wairarapa is a combined pest control operation aimed at controlling bovine TB and supported by conservationists and hunters.

Click here to find out more.


TBfree New Zealand has changed the TB status classifications for some herds. These have been designed to easily identify the TB risk of a herd and will affect newly-registered herds and dry stock herds.

Read about the changes here


Although we target possums for TB control, wherever possible we work closely with DOC to ensure a ‘triple hit’ of the worst mammalian pests. Our efforts in this area have been commended by the country’s biggest conservation organisation, Forest and Bird.

Find out more about our contribution to conservation


Scientists at Landcare Research are investigating the use of 'Judas' animals to improve detection and capture rates for possums. Like dozens of other innovative research projects we’re funding this year, it could mean significant cost savings and increased effectiveness for the TB control programme.

Take a look at some of our current and completed research


Possums are the main source of new TB infection in farmed cattle and deer across nearly 40 per cent of New Zealand. The only way to eradicate TB from livestock is to first get rid of it from the wild animals that spread it.

Find out where, why and how we’re controlling TB in the wild


If you’re moving cattle and deer, they must be correctly tagged and accompanied by a completed Animal Status Declaration (ASD). If your herd is one of the 6000+ located in a Movement Control Area or some of your herd has tested positive for TB, you will also be required to book a pre-movement test.

Find out what to do when buying, selling and moving stock


In the year ended June 2013, we tested over four million animals. All cattle and deer herds in New Zealand must be registered with the TBfree New Zealand programme (even just one animal constitutes a herd). Nearly all animals will need to be TB tested at least once every three years.


Since 1998, dairy farmer Ian Troughton has lost nearly 200 cows to TB. At $1500 per head, the financial burden has been crippling. Thanks to the success of the TBfree New Zealand programme, cases like Ian’s are now rare. But we still have a long way to go. 

Find out why TB is a threat, and what we’re doing to eradicate it


Bovine tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease affecting cattle and deer. Left unchecked, it could seriously damage New Zealand's reputation for top-quality meat and dairy products and jeopardise access to high-value export markets worth around $14 billion p.a.

Find out how bovine TB could affect you

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    DairyNZ is our principal industry funder. It contributes $15.5 million a year from the Milksolids Levy, and a further $8.5 million from its share of the cattle slaughter levy.

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  • The research process
    The research process

    Our programme has an annual research process that clearly sets out the requirements for initiating new studies and implementing research findings.

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Together with local farmers OSPRI has been taking the fight to pests in Upper Clutha with pest control operations being carried out as part of the TBfree programme. The goal of this work is to eradicate TB from wildlife in the area. 

A recent signage audit of OSPRI’s TBfree Waimea-Kawhaka aerial possum control block has identified that a number of warning signs have been deliberately removed.

Government and key primary industry players are working together to develop an online tool that captures key information about livestock status and movements as they move through the supply chain.

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    Single ASD form

    All cattle (except bobby calves moving direct to slaughter) and deer which are being moved must have a signed and completed TB declaration provided on the industry standard Animal Status Declaration (ASD) form.

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    Strategies and plans

    The National Operational Plan for the National Bovine Tuberculosis Pest Management Plan has been prepared pursuant to Section 85 of the Biosecurity Act (1993), to give effect to the Biosecurity (National Bovine Tuberculosis Pest Management Strategy) Order 1998.

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    Register with NAIT

    Register as a person in charge of animals with the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) scheme.

  • Read more about OSPRI
    Read more about OSPRI

    The organisation that oversees the TBfree New Zealand and NAIT programmes.

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