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 Western Southland TMA covers 131,490 ha and is centred around the southern Takitimu Mountains.
There is a central core of rugged mountainous peaks with river valleys and extensive tracts of exotic and native bush. Outside these areas there is a concentration of intensive farming on highly developed and improved land.
TB has been found in wildlife in parts of Western Southland for many years, with the most recent case being found in 2015 following a spike of TB infection in cattle near Takitimu. The focus of our work in this TMA remains on controlling wildlife to prevent further infection in cattle.
We have carried out ground-based possum control throughout most of the Western Southland TMA including:
We completed ferret surveys in:
We also undertook a pig survey in Western Southland during 2019/2020.
There are currently no infected herds in the Western Southland TMA.
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:
|Type of control||When||Coverage||Where|
|Ferret survey||2021/2022||25,700ha||Letham, Mount Linton, Wether Hill|
|Ground control||2021/2022||7600ha||Letham, Mount Linton, Opio, Telford, Wairaki, Wether Hill|
Contract Wild Animal Control NZ LTD manage eradication activities in the Strath Taieri 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