About Movement Control Areas (MCAs)

MCAs are legally defined areas where there is a greater-than-normal risk of TB infection from possums infected with TB. If your property is in an MCA, you must comply with restrictions on the movement of your stock.

Find out if a property is in an MCA

Check our disease control area map to see if a property is in an MCA. If it's in an area marked in orange, it's in an MCA.

This is important if you're:

  • buying stock
  • selling stock
  • moving stock off or on to your property for grazing.

If your animals are within an MCA

Your cattle or deer must have a TB test before they move if they are over 3 months old and within an MCA. You must complete the movement within 60 days of the pre-movement test.

Exceptions to TB test requirements

In some cases you don't need to have a pre-movement TB test — for example, when stock is going direct to slaughter.

In other cases you need to apply to us for a permit to move, including:

  • when moving animals back to your property after short-term grazing in an MCA
  • in cases that involve risks to animal welfare
  • in a civil disaster
  • when there is a lack of TB testing facilities
  • 3 weeks before and after a cow gives birth.

We only issue permits to move in exceptional circumstances and your animals may be tested for TB after they move. Call us on 0800 482 463 to find out if you can apply for a permit.

Before you move your animals

As the Person in Charge of Animals (PICA), you must declare that the animals are moving from an MCA when you complete your Animal Status Declaration (ASD).

Booking a pre-movement TB test

You need to give 14 days' notice to arrange a pre-movement TB test.

If you're moving cattle or deer, call us on 0800 482 463 or use our online form to book a test.

If you're moving animals from a herd infected with TB

Apart from animals going directly to slaughter, moving stock out of an infected herd is restricted and controlled by the managing veterinarian.


NAIT traceability helps TB eradication


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We’ve made a major investment in this disease. We’ve all worked hard. There’s more and more things in place as we improve NAIT. You can see where stock have been, what treatments they’ve had, and so you’ve got more information when you’re purchasing stock. We’ve all got our part ot play — be it supporting the programmes that are in place to eradicate TB in the wildlife, and by not purchasing stock from where you shouldn’t. I think M. Bovis has helped with people’s understanding of what NAIT is about. For NAIT to work we’re the ones that are responsible. We own the animals — they’re our animals — so we’ve got to tag them, we’ve got to record that tag and then we’ve got to record the movement of the animal. And only we can do it.