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 Mount Hyde TMAThe Mount Hyde TMA

The Mount Hyde TMA covers 32,200 ha to the north-west of Dunedin. The TMA spans both sides of the Taieri River, and also incorporates the Lee Stream and Silver Stream Catchments.

The topography ranges from steep sub-alpine area, with steep gullies and faces, down onto the Taieri Plains. The habitat includes tussock, small stands and gullies of native bush and developed farmland.

History of TB and pest control in the Mount Hyde TMA

The last infected herd in the Mount Hyde TMA was detected in 2004, although there are records of infected herds dating back to 1988.

The last detected wildlife infection, in a ferret, was in 2012.

We completed ground-based possum control in:

  • the Lee Stream area in 2014/2015, and
  • Mount Allan, North Taieri Hills, Taieri Hindon, Lee Stream and Upper Waitati in 2015/2016

We carried out aerial control in:

  • Mount Allan in 2015/2016, and
  • Upper Waitati in 2016/2017.

Current state

There are currently no infected herds in the Mount Hyde TMA.

If you're moving animals

The Mount Hyde TMA is in the Coastal/Central Otago Movement Control Area (MCA). 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 Mount Hyde 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 control2021/202223,800haLee Stream, Mount Allan, North Taieri Hills, Taieri Hindon, Upper Waitati
Aerial control2022/20234900haMount Allan
Ground control2022/202323,800haLee Stream, Mount Allan, North Taieri Hills, Taieri Hindon, Upper Waitati
Ground control2023/202423,800haLee Stream, Mount Allan, North Taieri Hills, Taieri Hindon, Upper Waitati

The proposed boundaries for aerial operations will be refined after consultation with landowners and affected parties.

Contacts

Contract Wild Animal Control NZ LTD manage eradication activities in the Mount Hyde TMA. Contact them directly if you have feedback or questions about upcoming operations.

Contract Wild Animal Control NZ LTD
Phone: 0800 292 269
Email: lyndon@cwac.co.nz

Your nearest local OSPRI office is in Dunedin.

OSPRI Dunedin office
PO Box 5745
Moray Place
Dunedin 9058

Phone: 03 477 9829
Email: cr_ssi@ospri.co.nz