February 2019 Edition
TBfree INVESTMENT DELIVERING FOR FARMERS
OSPRI’s TBfree eradication programme continues its advance with infected herds at 35 compared with the mid-90s peak of 1700. Further reductions to disease control areas (DCA) on 1 March mean 33,000 fewer TB tests this year. What changes in your area?
KING COUNTRY CLEAN
Roger Beck remembers when the Taumaranui area was Battle Zone A in the fight against bovine TB. Now his cattle are 15 years clear and he sees more kereru than possums. Read Roger’s story here or watch this short video.
TB HOTSPOT NO MORE
Hokonui farmer Peter Grant once had the worst TB-infected herd in Southland. Now he and neighbour Nick Wadworth can enjoy fewer TB-tests as a result of this year’s DCA changes. Read their story here.
SHAREMILKERS HAVE A KEY ROLE WITH NAIT
Horowhenua sharemilker Richard McIntrye is preparing for around 150 calves this month. These calves will stay on-farm and be reared for beef. Because sharemilkers handle animals from birth, Richard says they have a significant role to play with NAIT and set the benchmark for ensuring lifetime traceability of animals.
HAVE YOU UPDATED YOUR NAIT ACCOUNT?
OSPRI thanks everyone who has re-registered all their NAIT locations and updated their contact details following the recent system upgrade. If you haven’t done this yet, please do so before March 31. Help build NAIT’s capability and protect New Zealand’s Primary Industries. Check out this re-registration quick guide here or call the OSPRI contact centre 0800 482 463.
NAIT STANDARDS CONSULTATION IS OPEN
OSPRI invites saleyards, meat processors, NAIT tag manufacturers and farmers to get involved in the NAIT standards consultation. The standards propose more targeted performance and monitoring of third-party providers who assist farmers with their NAIT accounts and aims to improve NAIT devices. The consultation closes 5pm on March 29. More information
OSPRI AT FIELD DAYS
March promises to be a busy month for our Extension team with regional field days held in Manawatu and Canterbury. The NAIT and TBfree teams will also be on hand to answer your questions about both programmes.