If you have a deer breeding herd with a C2 or higher classification status, you can apply to be part of the closed deer herd programme, funded by Deer Industry New Zealand.
Herds that are part of the programme only need to be tested for TB every second or third year, instead of every year. Your herd is eligible if:
In herds with 100 or more deer, all eligible animals are TB tested every 3 years.
In herds with less than 100 deer, all eligible animals are TB tested every 2 years.
The age of the deer tested varies depending on where the herd is located — if your herd is in an MCA they'll be tested from 8 months of age, otherwise it will be 15 or 24 months, depending on the TB risk in your area.
If your herd is accepted into the programme you can’t introduce any new deer to the herd unless they’re sire stags you've bought or are grazing. Sire stags must:
You can’t move deer out of the herd except to slaughter, unless:
While you're part of the programme, in the years between testing, you need to provide us with information on:
If your herd has a C5 or higher classification you also need to provide:
We use this information to confirm you're still meeting the requirements of the programme.
There are 3 steps in the application process.