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 Molesworth/Clarence Reserve TMA covers 159,510ha west of the southern end of the Inland Kaikoura Range. It includes:
The habitat is dry grassland interspersed with patches of scrub and bush. Altitudes range from 500-2200m.
The Molesworth/Clarence Reserve TMA has an extensive history of TB infection in both local wildlife and cattle herds. We found TB infection in possums, ferrets, pigs and deer - most recently in 2018.
Previous possum control and livestock disease management has reduced the number of infected herds in the Canterbury/Marlborough region. However, our monitoring has shown that we need to do further control work in the Molesworth/Clarence Reserve area to reduce the possum population. This will:
We completed ground based possum control in 2017/2018 in the Upper Awatere Molesworth block, and a ferret survey in the Upper Awatere block in 2015. We also completed aerial possum control in the Upper Awatere block in 2012/2013.
Our most recent pest control work included:
There is 1 infected herd in this TMA.
The Molesworth/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 Molesworth/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|
|Ground control||2021/2022||2700ha||Upper Awatere Molesworth|
|Ground control||2022/2023||31600ha||Upper Awatere, Upper Awatere Molesworth|
Vector Free Marlborough manages our aerial pest control operations in Molesworth/Clarence Reserve, and Excell Biosecurity manages our ground control. Contact them directly if you have feedback or questions about upcoming operations.
Vector Free Marlborough
Phone: 0508 548 008
Phone: 0508 392 355
Your nearest local OSPRI office is in Christchurch.
OSPRI Christchurch Office
PO Box 8674
Phone: 03 363 3090