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Possum control operation to target southern Rimutaka
31 March 2016
An aerial possum control operation is planned for the southern Rimutaka Ranges this spring as part of the drive towards eventual eradication of bovine tuberculosis from New Zealand.
Wasp sting incident prompts reissue of first aid guide
30 March 2016
A pest controller’s near-fatal allergic reaction to a wasp attack in Southland has prompted the reissue of OSPRI’s health and safety factsheet First Aid in the Field.
Achieving eradication targets mean fewer TB tests
1 March 2016
The farming industry’s investment in TB eradication is proving to be effective as OSPRI lifts stock movement restrictions and reduces testing requirements in many areas.
Dog poisoning highlights importance of following warning signs
20 January 2016
A recent dog poisoning following an aerial pest control operation in the Taupo region highlights the importance of complying with warning signs and taking steps to protect pets.
Investigation underway as bovine TB found in Mount Cargill herds
4 December 2015
OSPRI’s TBfree programme is working to determine the cause of a bovine tuberculosis (TB) infection in a number of Mount Cargill herds. Slaughter and routine TB testing has identified three TB infected herds in the area.
Eradicating TB from the Upper Clutha
26 November 2015
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.
Deliberate removal of warning signs risks locals’ safety
20 November 2015
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 industry team up to trial online livestock traceability tool for market access
18 November 2015
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.
Waimea Kawhaka TB control operation successfully completed
10 November 2015
OSPRI’s TBfree Waimea Kawhaka aerial possum control operation was successfully completed on 5 November 2015. Possums are the main carrier of bovine TB and may spread the disease to livestock in surrounding farmland if they are not effectively control
DOC and OSPRI join forces to fight pests in Conservation Park
21 October 2015
The Department of Conservation (DOC) and OSPRI have just completed a joint operation to battle pests in the Whirinaki Te Pua a Tane Conservation Park in the Central North Island.