Hawke's Bay TB Response

Overview

Bovine tuberculosis has been detected in cattle herds in Hawke's Bay recently.

Media release on OSPRI's response here.

Information on upcoming Hawke's Bay Response events can be found here

Immediate action is underway to deal with infected animals and remove possums, the wildlife disease vector.

  • Herds with animals which returned positive results to TB blood tests are being closely managed by OSPRI's disease management team. 
  • OSPRI is working with AsureQuality TB testing agency to increase the availability of testers for farmers who need pre-movement tests.
  • The slaughter of infected animals is removing the disease from herds and planned possum control in the region is being brought forward.
  • The source of infection has been DNA strain-typed to wildlife from north of the area where infected cattle have been found.
  • Landowners and herd managers have been regularly updated on how OSPRI is managing TB in livestock and wildlife in this area.
  • From 1 March the Movement Control Area (MCA) will be expanded

We understand any disease response will carry implications for farmers and their families. Support is available at the bottom of the page and some frequently asked questions (FAQs) are below.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) - Hawke's Bay

 

Area of infected herds Number of infected herds
Waitara Valley - Tarawera 4
Matahorua 1
Matahorua West 1
Waipatiki 2
Total number of infected herds 8

TB Information

Hawke's Bay MCA Expansion 

To prevent any spread of TB in the Hawke's Bay region, the existing Movement Control Area (MCA) will be expanded. The below map shows the expanded area. To check your disease area status please visit the DCA map.

Any farmers in the area with questions about disease control areas can call the OSPRI Contact Centre on 0800 482 463. 

MCA Change Hawkes Bay

Control operations status

POSSUM CONTROL OPERATIONS MAP 

Updated 18 February 2020

This map shows the possum control and wildlife surveillance activity being undertaken or planned in response to a TB incursion in the region. It will be continuously updated as the response progresses. Click on the area of interest to see more details.

This table indicates the start date and status of pest control operations underway or planned until February 2020. It will be updated as planning and operations progress.  

Area Operation  Start date Status 
Waipunga aerial   Waipunga 7 Oct 1080 applied. Treated area under
caution and warning signs in place.
Keep your dog safe 
Waipunga GS1 Ground control and survey Apr 2020 Planned 2020
Matahorua GS2 Ground control input and survey 30 Sept Complete
Waitara Valley GS7 Ground control output 14 Oct Control in progress
Waitara Valley GS9 Ground control output 29 Oct Control in progress
Matahorua GS3 Ground control input 29 Oct Control in progress
Tutira GS1 Ground control output 25 Nov Control in progress
Mohaka Forest GS4 Ground control input 1 Dec Annual control
Mohaka Forest GS5 Ground control input 1 Dec  Annual control
Opouahi GS1 Ground control output 2 Dec  Control in progress
Matahorua GS1 Ground control output 11 Nov Control in progress
Matahorua GS4 Ground control output 9 Dec Complete
Willowflat GS6 Ground control output 9 Dec Control in progress
Waipatiki GS1 Ground control output Mar 2020 Consultation
Waipatiki GS2 Ground control output Mar 2020 Consultation
Waipaktiki GS3 Ground control output Mar 2020 Consultation
Waipatiki GS4 Ground control output Mar 2020 Consultation
Mohaka Buffer GS1 Aerial/Ground control output 2020 Planned 2020
Mohaka Forest GS8 Ground control input  2020 Annual control
Coach Road GS3 Ground control output 2020 Planned 2020
Opouahi GS2 Ground control output Feb 2020 Planned 2020
Coach Road GS4 Ground control output Mar 2020 Planned 2020
Waitara Valley GS1 Ground control output Mar 2020  Planned 2020
Makahu Inangatahi GS2 Ground control output 2020 Planned 2020
Makahu Inangatahi GS1 Ground control output 2020 Planned 2020
Mohaka Buffer GS2 Ground control output 2020 Planned 2020
Mohaka Forest GS2 Ground control output 2020 Planned 2020
Tarawera GS1 Ground control output Mar 2020 Consultation
Tarawera GS2 Ground control output Mar 2020 Consultation
Pakatutu GS1 Aerial/Ground control output 2020 Planned 2020
Pakatutu GS2 Ground control output 2020 Planned 2020
Boundary Stream Ground control input May 2020 Planned 2020
Tutaekuri Mohaka GS1 Aerial control input 2020 Planned 2020
Tutaekuri Mohaka GS2 Aerial control input 2020 Planned 2020
Waikoau GS2 Ground control output 2020 Planned 2020
Waikoau GS3 Ground control output 2020 Planned 2020
Waikoau GS4 Ground control output 2020 Planned 2020
Willowflat AS2 Ground control output 2020 Planned 2020
Willowflat AS5 Ground control output 2020 Planned 2020
Willowflat AS5-A Ground control output 2020 Planned 2020
Willowflat GS1 Ground control output 2020 Planned 2020
Willowflat GS3 Ground control output 2020 Planned 2020
Willowflat GS7 Ground control output 2020 Planned 2020

 

Status key Explanation Further information
Planned 2020 For any work in 2020, until the estimated/planned start is two months away, when status changes to Consultation.  
Consultation Up to two months before a planned operation start, landowners are further consulted about timing and boundaries.   
Control In Progress OR In progress  Ground-based possum control operation or survey is underway in the area.  
1080 applied - treated area under caution  For aerial operations only, signs communicating the risks to people and to dogs when entering the operational area are placed at all likely access points. Key public tracks are checked as required by consent conditions, and any required water monitoring is completed. Warning signs will remain in place until the operation reaches the "Operation complete" status.

Keep your dog safe

Operation complete Operation complete and control targets met. 
Please check guidance from the Ministry for Primary Industries and Department of Conservation before resuming normal activities such as food gathering. 

TB Information for hunters

 

Accelerated herd testing

It’s important that we find out as soon as possible if any more herds are infected with TB. Farmers in the response area being contacted by letter and follow up phone calls to organise TB tests for their herds at the earliest opportunity. In areas of possible higher risk we will also be testing younger animals than usual (down to 3 months of age).

  • We are aiming for herd tests to be completed in priority order from now until the end of April 2020. Actual test dates will depend on farm management factors, and will be timed as far as possible to allow for testing of this spring’s calves before they are sold or dispersed as weaners.
  • We will also be in contact with owners of drystock herds not normally tested on farm, to re-assess any need for on-farm testing of stock.
  • This map shows priority areas for early herd testing:

HB Response Herd Testing Priority for Web

Newsletters

Hawke's Bay TB Update January 2020 

Hawke's Bay TB Update December 2019

Hawke's Bay TB Update November 2019

Hawke's Bay TB Update October 2019

Hawke's Bay TB Update July 2019

To keep landowners, herd managers and neighbouring farmers updated on the outbreak response activity, you can choose to have information mailed or emailed to you. To request a newsletter to your email address, please click here.  

Support for farmers

We understand this disease will be stressful for farmers who are affected and farming communities.

If you are a farmer and need support, help is available through your industry group representative, individual response case manager, or the Rural Support Trust.

Industry representatives

We're calling on rural communities to support each other, especially affected farmers and those that appear to be finding it hard. If you have any concerns about someone you know, contact the Rural Support Trust or other community support services.

National Mental Health services

TB infection in ferrets

In the soon to be completed Matahorua GS2 possum trapping survey, a single ferret has been identified as being TB infected. This confirms the belief that we are dealing with a series of wildlife related breakdowns of TB infection in the herds in the region Wildlife surveys help OSPRI technical staff understand the scope and geographic spread of the disease. At this point the TB ferret finding is unlikely to mean any changes to the planned survey and control programme. 

TB infection in ferrets in most part of the country is seen as a spill over infection from TB infection in possums. This is due to ferrets scavenging on animals that have died of TB. However, when ferret populations are high TB can possibly be maintained in the ferret population independent of possums – even if only for a short period of time. At this point of the disease investigation it is thought this infection is more likely to be caused through scavenging on TB infected possums. 

For information on ferrets and their role in the TB cycle please see this factsheet

Further wildlife surveys and possum control operations are underway and planned for the 2019/20 year and beyond. We will update you on these through our monthly newsletter and through regular updates on our website response page.

Forestry research

There has been some public discussion around the theory that possums spread TB infection after pine trees are cut down. It is claimed that this is because possums shift home ranges and go to farmland after felling. This link takes you to a research paper on radio monitored possums in the Mohaka forest. It showed that possums did not significantly change their home ranges or feeding habits because of tree felling. Instead it concluded that the trash and the growth of weeds in the felled forest made the felled area more attractive to possums.