Delivering the TBfree programme

The TBfree programme is delivered through four services.

  1. 1 Disease management.
  2. 2 Pest management.
  3. 3 Research, development and extension.
  4. 4 Corporate and Contact Centre support.

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.

The key milestones for the programme are to eradicate TB from

  • livestock by 2026
  • possums by 2040
  • all hosts of the disease across New Zealand by 2055.

How we monitor progress

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).

Benefits

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: 

  • protection of the industries from lost livestock production and value
  • reduced on-farm operational costs of managing infected herds
  • maintaining the quality image of New Zealand’s beef, dairy and deer products, and so protecting New Zealand’s overseas trade
  • enhanced environmental and ecosystem health, including significant biodiversity conservation benefits, arising from animal pest control carried out for TB management 
  • protection of human health
  • improved social, financial and economic options for rural landowners.