Hawke's Bay TB Response

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A movement control area (MCA) in Hawke's Bay expanded on 1 March to prevent the spread of TB infection into other areas. About 570 farms in the area between the Tutaekuri and the Mohaka rivers are affected. 

The expansion of the MCA is a temporary measure and will be relaxed as disease management clears infection and restores TB-free status.  This number is likely to go up and down initially until the control measures take effect. 

TB infections in Hawke's Bay have been successfully managed before. TBfree has managed infected herds in New Zealand for the past two decades, and numbers have fallen from 1700 in the late 1990s to fewer than 30 today.

OSPRI wants to work with the Hawke's Bay farmer communities, vets, stock and station agents and trucking companies in a collective effort to return Hawke's Bay to TB free status. TB is relatively slow-moving and only affects individual animals, but quick action will stop the problem.

  • TBfree has a three-pronged plan: stock movement control, increased TB testing and possum control.

  • The welfare of farmers and communities is a high priority, and compensation for removing affected animals from herds is available.

  • Farmers will be given weekly updates on the progress of this work until the infections are resolved.

  • To ensure the TBfree programme continues to meet its TB eradication targets, all buffer zones between wildlife habitat and farmland are being reassessed.

 

Area of infected herds Number of infected herds at 24 Mar 2020
Waitara Valley - Tarawera 4
Matahorua 2
Matahorua West 1
Waipatiki 2
Patoka 1
Rissington North 1
Opouahi 1
Total number of infected herds 12

Stock Movement Restrictions

The Hawke's Bay MCA has been expanded from 1 March to prevent TB being transported to TB-free areas of the country.

The MCA covers farms between the Tutaekuri River near Napier and north of the Mohaka River. 

If your farm is within the MCA (click here for a detailed map) here is what you need to know:  

  • Cattle and deer over 3 months of age need a clear TB test at least 60 days before moving off your farm.

  • Cattle and deer moving direct to slaughter do not need to be TB tested.

  • Animals moving within the MCA to a piece of land you lawfully occupy do not need a pre-movement test UNLESS there is a different herd with a different herd number on the destination property.

  • To book a pre-movement test please call 800 482 463. We need you to make this booking no later than 14 days before you intend to move or sell your animals.    

 TB testing

An extensive testing programme to test for TB in herds in the area is underway. For this testing, you don't need to do anything - we will contact you. 

10 Step TB testing process 17 March

In case of a positive blood test, the OSPRI team is on hand to support. Your case management team can talk you through selling your animal, slaughter and transport arrangements to clear infection from your herd. 

Possum control 

We have brought operations forward to prevent reinfection from wildlife and potential spread of disease.

To ensure the TBfree programme continues to meet its TB eradication targets, all buffer zones between wildlife habitat and farmland are being reassessed.

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Support for farmers and communities

We appreciate that managing a TB infection and operating inside a movement control area can cause stress on top of prevailing conditions, like the drought.

For some farmers, a TB infection puts extra strain on farm management. OSPRI will: 

  • Provide everyone with weekly updates on the progress of disease eradication
  • Help arrange TB testing
  • Answer your questions - our team in Napier can help and will visit your farm
  • Hold regular farmer meetings, open to all
  • Make the latest information available on the OSPRI website
  • Work with Federated Farmers, Beef+Lamb NZ, DairyNZ and Deer Industry NZ to support you.

Call 0800 482 463 - we will respond to urgent queries as soon as possible.

Keeping yourself and your family safe

In some cases bovine TB can be passed to humans and household pets, but the chance of this happening is very low. 

The best protection for yourself and your family is to:

  • Make sure all meat is well cooked
  • Eat and drink pasteurised dairy products - avoid raw milk
  • Keep dogs on-lead in or near bush areas
  • Keep cats inside at night
  • Don't feed raw possum meat to pets 

Covid-19 response

  • TB testing is an essential service under the all-of-government response classification – OSPRI is working with AsureQuality to manage testing procedures
  • While OSPRI offices are now closed and staff working from home, dedicated case management of infected herds in the Hawke’s Bay will continue via phone and email
  • With pest control not considered an essential service, OSPRI is working with pest control operators to close down current ground control operations in Waitara Valley, Tarawera, Opouahi, Tutira, Waipatiki, Willowflat and Mohaka Forest and to develop recovery plans to resume work once the current lockdown ends, including aerial control operations in Te Awahohonu-Ahimanawa and Waitara Valley

This is a collective effort

The OSPRI team is confident that we can manage the TB infection, remove infected animals from herds and return Hawke's Bay livestock to TB-free status. But we cannot do it alone. This has to be a collective effort on all our parts to get the result we want.

Farmers are our primary focus and restoring your bio-security is a primary focus for the duration of this disease response -- let's work together.  

You'll find below information on how to book a TB test and OSPRI's 0800 number for help. Please call us for assistance 7am-6pm Mon-Fri. Don't hesitate to email us (HBresponse@ospri.co.nz) with any questions and we will post the answers on this website if it will be useful to other farmers. 

Useful information

Control operations status

POSSUM CONTROL OPERATIONS MAP 

Updated 18 March 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 at 18 March 2020
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 Complete
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 Complete
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 In progress
Waipatiki GS4 Ground control output Mar 2020 In progress
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 In progress
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 In progress
Tarawera GS2 Ground control output Mar 2020 In progress
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. 

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