Change to TB testing services

Date 25 January 2019

AsureQuality Limited (AQ) has been confirmed as the sole supplier of TB testing services for cattle and deer nationwide. This change will take effect from 1 March 2019. The decision secures the future of OSPRI’s TB testing activities and creates efficiencies for your investment in the TBfree programme. It follows a recent tender process undertaken by OSPRI.


Who does the change affect?

The change will impact farmers in the following regions where VetEnt currently provides TB testing services: 

  • South Waikato – cattle only 
  • Gisborne/Wairoa – cattle only 
  • North Manawatu-Wanganui – cattle only 
  • Marlborough – deer only 
  • Tasman – deer only 
  • North Canterbury – cattle and deer 
  • South Canterbury – cattle and deer

For more information, check out these FAQs here

RFID scanning requirement 

From 1 March all cattle will have their Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag scanned at the time of TB testing, (as already happens with deer). The purpose of this is to support OSPRI’s disease management and traceability data. 

Questions about your TB testing or NAIT responsibilities?  

Call the OSPRI’s Contact Centre on 0800 482 4636 or visit