There are currently 9 herds with a TB-infected status in the Hari Hari area, of which 6 have completed a first clear whole-herd test.
For infected status herds to return to a clear status, 2 clear whole herd tests are required, no less than 6 months apart. These tests may include an additional blood test for part or all of the herd.
We held a farming community meeting in Hari Hari on Thursday 8 April. A few of the topics discussed at the meeting were:
At OSPRI, we're responsible for managing the TBfree programme in New Zealand. The main goal of the programme is to achieve:
To help us meet this goal, we've implemented a framework of TB Management Areas (TMAs) around the country. TMAs are areas with known TB infection in livestock and wildlife.
Hari Hari is a TMA — we've identified TB in possums, deer and farmed cattle in the area. The infection was first identified through routine on-farm TB testing, and DNA testing indicates the source of the infection as possums from the Wanganui Valley.
The Hari Hari TMA will be subject to a focused programme of work that includes ground-based and aerial pest control activities, wildlife surveillance, and TB testing. Our goal is to eradicate TB from the Hari Hari area by 2033.
Movement control areas, or MCAs, control how and where livestock can be moved within a TMA area. An MCA was put in place for Hari Hari on 9 February 2021, to prevent the spread of TB into other areas. The MCA affects approximately:
The MCA covers farms between:
The area of the change is about 53,000ha, of which about 22,000ha is farmed land.
If your farm is within the Hari Hari MCA, you need to know that:
The TBfree programme aims to achieve TB freedom in possums in the Hari Hari TMA by 2040.
We’re working with Hari Hari farmers who have infected herds to implement farm-specific TB management plans, with the aim of returning each herd to TB-free status as soon as possible.
We have an annual TB testing programme already in place for the Hari Hari area. You don't need to book a test with us — we’ll contact you to organise testing.
If your herd does have a positive blood test, we’re here to help. Your OSPRI case management team can talk you through selling your animal, and organise transport and slaughter arrangements to clear infection from your herd.
The health, wellbeing and welfare of farmers is our top priority. For some farmers, a TB infection puts extra strain on farm management. We can help by:
All farmers and people in charge of animals are legally obliged to update their NAIT account when farming cattle and deer. Not doing so compromises:
For help and advice on meeting your NAIT requirements, call the OSPRI Contact Centre on 0800 482 463, or email us at email@example.com.
As work continues to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis, some farmers may be experiencing stress. MPI has information about the support available for farmers affected by Mycoplasma bovis.
The Rural Support Trust team supports farmers and rural communities in Hari Hari. Contact Paul Berry at the West Coast office on 027 622 9719 for help or advice.
While bovine TB can be passed to humans and household pets, the chance of this happening is very low. The best protection is to:
Warning signs will be placed at all main access points to aerial pest control areas that are part of the Hari Hari TB programme. All land users, including hunters, must follow the cautions on these signs.
Individual aerial pest control operations will have an associated TB control operation notice. These notices provide instructions to ensure the safety of land users within pest control areas.
For further information on the access permissions and permits required to hunt in the Hari Hari area you’ll need to contact your local Department of Conservation (DOC) office, and the owners of any private property or leasehold in the area.
You'll find more information on topics like 1080 and pest control in NZ in the publications and resources section of our site.