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 East Otago TMA covers 147,000 hectares, extending from Waitati to Palmerston, and then inland towards Central Otago.
It is mostly coastal habitat but is wetter and has more vegetative cover than the dry country further inland. There are substantial areas of native and exotic forestry, broken rough scrubland and improved farmland.
The East Otago TMA has a long history with TB infection in both wildlife and cattle herds. Infection has been present since the 1980s and still persists today. Ferrets and feral pigs are widely distributed, and infection has been common among wildlife. Infection was also frequent in cattle herds. Infected wildlife was last found in 2012.
We carried out ground control of possums in:
We completed aerial control in:
There are no infected herds in the East Otago TMA.
The East Otago TMA is in the Coastal/Central Otago Movement Control Area. Before you move cattle or deer to another herd or farm, you must have them tested for bovine TB.
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 East Otago 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||71,700ha||Sister Peaks, Stoneburn, Waikouaiti Extension, Waikouaiti North, Waikouaiti South|
The proposed area for ground control is marked on the map in green.
Contract Wild Animal Control NZ LTD manages eradication activities in the East Otago TMA. Contact them directly if you have feedback or questions about upcoming operations.
Contract Wild Animal Control NZ LTD
Phone: 0800 292 269
Your nearest local OSPRI office is in Dunedin.
OSPRI Dunedin office
PO Box 5745
Phone: 03 477 9829