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.

The Morven Bendigo TMAThe Morven-Bendigo TMA

The Morven-Bendigo TMA covers 81,660ha and includes the western faces of the Dunstan Mountains near Cromwell and extends up the eastern side of the Lindis Pass highway to the Lindis Pass summit.

The habitat is a mixture of tussock and scrub together with improved farmland that supports both intensive and extensive farming.

History of TB and pest control in the Morven Bendigo TMA

TB was established in wildlife throughout the Morven-Bendigo TMA for many years. Ferrets and feral pigs are widely distributed and infection has been common. This led to frequent infections in herds.

We carried out ground-based possum control in:

  • the Morven block in 2011/2012
  • the Bendigo, Cluden, Morven and Tarras blocks in 2014/2015.

We completed ferret surveys in:

  • the Bendigo and Tarras areas in 2015/2016
  • the Bendigo, Cluden, Morven and Tarras blocks in 2017/2018.

We also undertook a pig survey in Morven and Bendigo in 2017/2018.

Current state

There are currently no infected herds in the Morven-Bendigo TMA.

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 Western Southland 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 control2021/202259,400haCluden, Morven, Tarras
Ground control2022/202359,400haCluden, Morven, Tarras


High Country Contracting Limited manage eradication activities in the Morven-Bendigo 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