Eradicating bovine TB in NZ

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.

Map of the Maniatoto TMAThe Maniototo TMA

The Maniototo TMA, covering over 260,000 ha, encompasses the Taieri River catchment from its source in the Lammerlaw Range through to the top of the Pigroot.

The habitat is a mixture of high-country tussock and scrub together with improved farmland. It supports a mixture of intensive and extensive farming.

History of TB and pest control in the Maniototo TMA

The Maniototo TMA has a long history with TB infection in both local wildlife and cattle herds. TB infection in these animals has been around since the 1980’s.

Ground-based possum control has been undertaken throughout the Maniototo TMA.

We completed possum control during:

  • 2018/2019 in the Naseby, West Kakanui, Greenland, Houndburn, Lake Onslow, Loganburn, Patearoa, Styx, Upper Taieri, and Western Rock and Pillar blocks, and
  • 2019/2020 in Greenland, Hound Burn, Lake Onslow, Loganburn, Naseby, Patearoa, Styx, Upper Taieri, West Kakanui, Western Rock and Pillar

We undertook ferret surveys in 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 in the Gimmerburn, Hogburn, Ranfurly and Wedderburn blocks.

Current state

There are currently no infected herds in the Maniototo TMA.

If you're moving animals

Parts of the Maniototo TMA are 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.

Future pest control operations

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 the Maniototo TMA 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:

  • talk you through the specifics of each operation
  • explain what you need to do before the operations start
  • get your consent for the work to be done.
Type of controlWhenCoverageWhere
Ground control2021/2022146,900haGimmerburn, Hog Burn, Hound Burn, Loganburn, Naseby, Patearoa, Ranfurly, Styx, Western Rock & Pillar


High Country Contracting Limited manage eradication activities in the Strath Taieri TMA. Contact them directly if you have feedback or questions about upcoming operations.

High Country Contracting Limited
Phone: 0508 767 786

Your nearest local OSPRI office is in Dunedin.

OSPRI Dunedin office
PO Box 5745
Moray Place
Dunedin 9058

Phone: 03 477 9829