Latest regional disease management plans now online

Date 15 July 2019

Eradicating bovine tuberculosis (TB) relies on the cooperation of all residents – farmers and townies alike. OSPRI is distributing letters to all landowners and land users with details of disease management activities planned for their specific locality.

Wild animals, mainly possums, are both the main carriers of bovine TB and source of the disease in cattle and deer herds. It is important to keep their numbers low so that TB cannot be maintained in wildlife and passed between possums and livestock.

The key goals of the TBfree programme are to eradicate TB from livestock by 2026, from possums by 2040 and from all hosts of the disease across the whole of New Zealand by 2055. This presents an exciting opportunity for OSPRI to build on the success of the TBfree programme so far, with major benefit for farmers and the wider communities and regions where we work.

OSPRI has sent letters to all landowners, rural and urban and affected parties understand our planned pest control work to achieve these goals in every region across New Zealand through a national framework of defined TB management areas (TMAs) that provides specific information about our work at a local level.

TMAs are made up of areas with similar habitat, disease patterns, geography and control history. Each TMA has a specific and detailed local plan designed to eradicate TB by a target date. TMA notices provide an overview of the control work planned for each area, subject to further planning, consultation and notification. We'll be in contact before any specific operation commences.

For more information about the TBfree programme and TMAs see the interactive map at   

OSPRI manages the bovine tuberculosis (TB) control programme known as TBfree. Disease management and traceability are at the heart of the company’s work on behalf of New Zealand’s farmers and agricultural industry.