OSPRI News: April 2024

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Buying or selling deer? Be a mate, update NAIT

It's a busy time on farm with deer being bought and sold. If you're moving deer this season, there's a few important things you to need to remember.

Remember your NAIT basics

  • Fit all deer with a NAIT tag before they reach 180 days old or before their first movement off-farm, whichever comes first (the tag should preferably be in the central or inner part of the right ear, between two veins)
  • register any fitted NAIT tags within 7 days of tagging or before their first movement off farm, whichever comes first
  • use a tag scanner to make registering and recording your deer movements easier.

To help you stay on top of your NAIT obligations we've created a checklist of what you need to know.

A group of farmers sitting in a warehouse, listening to OSPRI spokesperson.Need help with NAIT or TBfree? Come to one of our support sessions

Our Regional Partners are hosting support sessions across the country where they'll cover a variety of topics related to NAIT and TBfree, including:

  • meeting your NAIT obligations
  • TB testing queries
  • signing up to MyOSPRI.

Don't see a session happening near you? While there might not be any listed there currently, we frequently update our upcoming events page with what's happening soon.

Image of OSPRI regional partner Tess standing in a field with 2 cows behind herMeet Tess Appleby - our Regional Partner committed to defeating bovine TB

The loss of her Hawke’s Bay home didn’t stop OSPRI regional partner Tess Appleby doing what she could for her community when Cyclone Gabrielle hit.

Now, thanks to the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme, she’s also better equipped to help farmers address other challenges.

Appleby has spent the past four years of her professional life supporting and helping farmers and landowners stay on top of NAIT and tackle bovine tuberculosis (TB). 

She actively engages with farmers, iwi and industry stakeholders, advocating for targeted education, increased awareness, and helping to break the stigma associated with disease-affected farms. 

In 2023, Appleby’s personal resilience was tested when Cyclone Gabrielle swept through Hawke’s Bay, leaving devastation in its wake, including the loss of the home she had bought only four weeks earlier. 

Despite her personal challenges, Appleby remained steadfast in her commitment to supporting the farming community during difficult times. 

“OSPRI were incredible in giving me the space I needed to deal with the devastation,” she said. 

“But I also wanted to be there for the farming community. Hawke’s Bay is my tūrangawaewae and it was incredibly hard to see how the devastation had affected its people and the landscape.”

Later that year, Appleby’s professional journey took a significant turn when her manager, Helen Thoday, recommended she take part in the Kellogg’s Rural Leadership Programme.

A herd of cows in a farmM. bovis Programme progressing towards new phase of eradication

In Selwyn, New Zealand’s only known farm with cattle infected with Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) has been cleared and cleaned, ready to resume normal farming activities. The Programme is continuing to support the farmer through the repopulation process.

The dairy farm takes the number of Cleared Confirmed Properties to 282 and the number of Active Confirmed Properties to zero. The property - detected through Bulk Tank Milk Surveillance - was one of two neighbouring confirmed properties found after the programme reached zero properties for the first time in August last year. The strain of this infection was ST-21, the strain originally detected in 2017 and associated with most recent infections. Noting that the source of infection for this property has not been established, finding a few more cases in the coming season may be expected.

The Programme’s national surveillance for beef and drystock and bulk tank milk remain important tools in detecting suspected infected properties. Due to the nature of the disease and its ability to remain clinically undetected, several years of data, with no new cases of infection, needs to be collected to provide confidence that M. bovis is no longer present on New Zealand farms.

Farmers continue to play a crucial role in the eradication effort and can help to control the spread of M. bovis and other diseases by following good biosecurity practices including keeping up-to-date NAIT and farming records.