May 2019 Edition

Date 7 May 2019

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MOVING DAY ADVICE

If you’re planning on moving livestock or relocating farms, remember to get your animals TB tested if transferring from a Movement Control Area. Ideally this should be done within 60 days of the animals going off-farm. Remember also, you can no longer take the NAIT number with you from the farm you are leaving. For more information or advice visit our dedicated Moving Day webpage here

SENDING LIVESTOCK OFF-FARM FOR GRAZING?

Phil Van Heuven

Like many farmers across the country, Waikato sharemilker Phil Van Heuven is preparing to send his livestock off-farm for winter grazing. He believes farmers and graziers have a key role to play in best practice animal traceability and says NAIT futureproofs his business when it comes to disease management.

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MONITOR PEST CONTROL OPERATIONS ONLINE

Farmers and land users can check the status of TBfree aerial pest control operations with a new online tool. From planning to completion, regular updates will be provided to track the status of all OSPRI’s aerial operations. This will be particularly useful to hunters and other recreational users to keep up to date with where we’re working. Check it out here.

KIWI THRIVE THROUGH 1080 DROPS

Aerial 1080 drops have proven key to the survival of kiwi chicks in a North Island forest. The first long-running study tracked hundreds of North Island brown kiwi and their offspring through four large-scale joint OSPRI/DOC 1080 operations in Tongariro Forest over 22 years. They also monitored 142 radio-tagged kiwi through four aerial 1080 operations, finding that none were poisoned. 

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MEET THE OSPRI TEAM 

OSPRI's Contact Centre team are the heartbeat of the organisation. They are the first voice most farmers and PICAs will hear when they call our 0800 line. Our operators are suitably trained and experienced to deal with farmer queries and enquiries. In the first of a series of staff profiles, we catch up with one of our longest standing call centre operators. Read more

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OSPRI AT MYSTERY CREEK

The OSPRI team is getting geared up for one of the most eagerly awaited events on the farmer calendar - Fieldays 2019. This is an ideal time to get your NAIT account sorted or learn more about upcoming improvements to the NAIT system. You can also get advice on livestock disease management and find out more about the progress were making with TB eradication.

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