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.
|Area of infected herds||Number of infected herds|
|Waitara Valley - Tarawera||4|
|Total number of infected herds||8
- What is bovine TB?
- Why movement control is important
- Pre and post-movement testing
- Buying stock from a Movement Control Area
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.