Consultation opens for proposed TBfree 2021 disease control operations

Date 14 August 2020

OSPRI is inviting feedback on proposed 2021 disease control operations for the TBfree disease management programme.

Possums are the wildlife source of TB infection in cattle and deer in New Zealand, so possum control is a key activity for the TBfree programme, alongside livestock TB testing and animal movement control.

The careful use of biodegradable 1080 to control possums has been a key tool in significantly reducing TB infection in cattle and deer herds. This essential work controls possum numbers to stop TB cycling in wildlife and posing a threat for New Zealand’s primary industries that produce the dairy and meat products at the heart of our exporting economy.

The national consultation period runs until 30 September 2020 and there are a number of ways to make a submission, including writing to OSPRI, calling or making submission through the online submission form

The consultation document and details about how to make a submission are available at