The TBfree programme is delivered through four services.
The programme uses possum control, regular herd testing and movement restrictions to control TB.
When planning for operations wild animal surveys, TB history, herd testing results and past operation history are all used to determine the level of control required to eradicate TB from the area.
Progress toward the achievement of the milestone of TB freedom in livestock are monitored through annual targets for reduction in the number of TB infected herds.
Progress toward the achievement of the milestone of TB freedom in possums are monitored through annual targets for reduction in the national extent of Vector Risk Areas (VRA).
A cost benefit analysis of the TBfree programme was carried out. This compared the costs and outcomes of the plan against a “no control” situation, where the number of infected herds would eventually rise to very high numbers.
The main benefits of the programme are: