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

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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

 

Research and development provides practical solutions to continue making cost-effective and positive gains in controlling and eradicating TB. The Annual Research Report summarises recent research findings and provides an outline of the upcoming research programme. TBfree New Zealand allocates some $2.5 million per year to applied research in priority areas.

 

The TBfree New Zealand Annual Report covers financial statements and progress on the implementation of the National Pest Management Plan for bovine TB (NPMP).

 

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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TBfree New Zealand’s Baton-Arthur aerial possum control operation, designed to protect cattle and deer herds from bovine tuberculosis (TB), is expected to start anytime from 23 August 2014 depending on the weather.

Ground control in the Cronadun area to protect cattle and deer herds from bovine tuberculosis (TB) is well underway.

A joint project between TBfree New Zealand and the Department of Conservation (DOC) showed no effect on native ruru (morepork) following an aerial pest control operation in Southland this winter.

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    Closed deer herd eligibility

    The new Closed Deer Herd policy was introduced for TB testing to reduce testing for some deer farmers. This is a voluntary participation programme – reviewed annually. Find out if your herd is eligible.

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