Movement control

Movement control

Controlling the movement of infected or high-risk cattle and deer is one of three main ways we can help stop the spread of bovine TB. In areas where the risk of TB infection is particulary high, Movement Control Areas (MCAs) have been put in place to ensure certain conditions, such as pre-movement testing, are met before stock is moved.


New Zealand is divided into a number of Disease Control Areas. Each have different TB testing regimes and other control measures depending on the level of risk of TB being transferred from infected wildlife (mainly possums) to domestic cattle and deer.

Use our interactive map to see what Disease Control Area your address is currently in.

Special restrictions are placed on the movement of cattle and deer from herds which are classified as infected, and similar restrictions may be placed on herds which have had their status suspended.

Movement Control Areas (MCAs) are legally-defined areas where there is a greater than normal risk of TB infection from wild animals. Within these areas, farmers must comply with restrictions on the movement of their stock.

All cattle (except bobby calves moving direct to slaughter) and deer which are being moved must have a signed and completed TB Declaration. This should be provided on an industry standard ASD form.

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