As part of our TBfree programme we deliver our pest control operations through a framework of TB management areas (TMAs).
TMAs are areas with known TB infection in livestock and wildlife. Each TMA has a specific TB control plan designed to eradicate TB as effectively as possible.
The Clarence Reserve TMA covers 127,660ha at the northern end of the Canterbury Region. It includes:
The habitat is river flats and rolling hills to high ridgelines, with scrub- and bush-filled gullies as well as areas of continuous bush. Altitudes range between sea level and 2,500m.
There has been a long history of TB infection in both local wildlife and cattle herds in the Clarence Reserve TMA. Possums, ferrets and deer in this TMA have been diagnosed with TB infection.
Previous possum control and livestock disease management has reduced the number of infected herds in the North Canterbury/Marlborough region. However, our monitoring has shown that we need to do further control work in the Clarence Reserve area to reduce the possum population. This will:
We've completed ground based possum control in:
The most recent ground control operation was completed in 2020/2021. We also did ferret surveys in the Clarence West and Kekerengu blocks in 2018.
There are no infected herds in this TMA.
The Clarence Reserve TMA is in the Marlborough / North Canterbury Movement Control Area (MCA). That means TB testing is required for cattle and deer before they're moved to another herd or farm.
We plan our pest control operations up to 3 years in advance. The current year runs from July 2021 to June 2022.
Dates and control methods for pest control operations in Clarence Reserve are provisional and subject to change. If you’re affected by any upcoming operations, our pest control contractors will contact you before work begins. They will:
|Type of control||When||Coverage||Where|
|Aerial control||2021||9,700ha||Constitution Hill|
|Ground control||2021/2022||38,300ha||Clarence East, Clarence Reserve, Clarence West, Constitution Hill, Kekerengu, Upper Clarence, Waiautoa|
|Aerial control||2022||36,000ha||Central Clarence, Clarence Reserve|
|Ground control||2022/2023||5,500ha||Clarence East, Clarence Reserve|
|Aerial control||2023||26,800ha||Clarence Reserve, Clarence West, Kekerengu, Waiautoa|
|Ground control||2023/2024||21,700ha||Clarence East, Clarence Reserve, Clarence West, Constitution Hill, Kekerengu, Upper Clarence, Waiautoa|
Excell Biosecurity manages our pest control operations in Clarence Reserve. Contact them directly if you have feedback or questions about upcoming operations.
Phone: 0508 392 355
Your nearest local OSPRI office is in Christchurch.
OSPRI Christchurch Office
PO Box 8674
Phone: 03 363 3090