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 Strath Taieri TMA

The Strath Taieri TMA covers 175,170 ha encompassing the drylands inland from Dunedin, around Middlemarch and the eastern faces of the Rock and Pillar Ranges through towards the Pigroot in the northeast.

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

History of TB and pest control in Strath Taieri

The Strath Taieri TMA has a long history of TB infections in both the local wildlife and in cattle herds. TB was first found in this TMA in the 1990s and is still prevalent.

Ground-based possum control was carried out during:

  • 2014/2015 in the Eastern Rock and Pillar, Middlemarch and Mount Stoker blocks
  • 2018/2019 in the Clarks, Deep Creek, Eastern Rock and Pillar, Moonlight, Shannon, and Sutton areas
  • 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 in the Clarks, Deep Creek, Eastern Rock and Pillar, Middlemarch, Moonlight, Mount Stoker, Shannon and Sutton Creek areas.

We completed several surveys over the last few years, including:

  • a pig survey in 2016/2017, and
  • ferret surveys:
    • throughout the whole TMA during 2018/2019, and
    • in Clarks during 2019/2020.

Current state

There have been several infected herds within the Strath Taieri TMA over the last 5 years.

If you're moving animals

The Strath Taieri 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 Strath Taieri 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 control - possums2021/2022175,300haClarks, Deep Creek, Eastern Rock and Pillar, Middlemarch, Moonlight, Mount Stoker, Shannon, Sutton Creek


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