Lead Veterinary Epidemiologist Dallas New has tackled anthrax in bison and avian flu in her native Canada before joining OSPRI. Dallas believes we are on track for eradicating TB from livestock but says possums that carry the disease present a unique challenge.
OSPRI has completed a 1080 aerial operation in the Bush Gully and Tarndale areas of Molesworth Station. There is more planned possum control later this year, as part of a wider plan to eradicate TB from Molesworth cattle and deer herds by 2026.
OSPRI acknowledges the difficult and distressing situation farmers, and their communities are facing in Marlborough and Buller district. As a result, extended NAIT timeframes will remain in place until state of emergency declarations are lifted in both districts.
You may have noticed on the new OSPRI website that some webpage names are different or pages aren't where they used to be. If your saved bookmarks come back with 'page not found' use the left-hand menu - to navigate to the right place on the website.
We are currently consulting on some changes to NAIT standards. If you think these changes might affect you, make sure you have your say.
Farmers use lots of different software to help them complete their NAIT obligations, for example scanning apps. We're inviting feedback on a proposed new Standard that aims to ensure that information going into NAIT through third-party software is accurate and protects the privacy of farmers.
We have Standards in place to give farmers confidence that organisations handling and managing their NAIT data meet industry-agreed criteria. We're planning to make minor amendments to these Standards to make the accreditation process for these organisations more efficient and clarify some of the requirements.
These changes are part of a wider review of the NAIT accreditation programme aimed at strengthening animal traceability and building more industry confidence with those who act on behalf of farmers.