The main benefits of OSPRI's TBfree programme are protecting our dairy, beef and deer export industries from disease-related losses in livestock production and value, and maintaining the quality and reputation of New Zealand’s beef and dairy and deer products in international markets.
In the absence of effective TB control, the number of infected herds and animals would be unacceptably high, with significant livestock and production losses. Disease levels could reach a point where they pose a risk to New Zealand’s overseas trade in beef, dairy and venison products in some markets. The economic consequences of a major TB control failure could be very serious.
A case of TB in a cattle or deer herd can result in severe financial impacts on a farming business. Even if only a few animals are infected, the resulting restrictions on a farmer’s ability to sell or move livestock can cause major losses in farm income.
TB can have devastating emotional and financial impacts on individual farmers and the rural communities in which they live.