Hawke’s Bay is an area with known TB infection in livestock and wildlife. We've identified TB in possums, deer and farmed cattle in the area, and DNA testing indicates the TB outbreak originated in possums. To deal with this outbreak, we have a focused programme of work in place that includes:
We’re working with the Hawke's Bay farming community, industry groups, OSPRI vets, pest control contractors, stock and station agents, and trucking companies in a collective effort to return Hawke's Bay to TB-free status as soon as possible.
Movement control areas, or MCAs, control how and where livestock can be moved within a TMA. The MCA for Hawke’s Bay was expanded on 1 March 2020 to prevent the spread of TB into other areas. It affects about 570 farms in the area between the Tutaekuri and Mohaka rivers.
Expanding the MCA is a temporary measure. It will be relaxed as disease management clears infection and restores TB-free status to the region.
If your farm is within the MCA, you need to know that:
If you intend to move or sell your animals, you need to book a pre-movement TB test for them first. You need to make this booking at least 14 days before you plan to move the animals. You can book a pre-movement TB test online, or by calling our Contact Centre on 0800 482 463.
We have an annual TB testing programme already in place for Hawke’s Bay. You don't need to book a test with us — we’ll contact you to organise testing.
To TB test an animal, a small dose of purified proteins from TB bacteria (called tuberculin) is injected into the skin. If an animal has been exposed to TB, we'll see localised swelling at the injection site. This is a sign that TB could be present, which a blood test can confirm. If we need to do a blood test:
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.
We have a programme of aerial and ground pest control operations, and wildlife surveillance in place for Hawke's Bay. We publish notices for each region that describe:
Enter your address in the map below to see the status of pest control operations in your area.
The health, wellbeing and welfare of farmers is our top priority. We’re working with Hawke's Bay 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.
For some farmers, a TB infection puts extra strain on farm management. We've gathered together some information and resources to help farmers who may need extra support while dealing with a TB outbreak in their herd.
Warning signs will be placed at all main access points to aerial pest control areas that are part of the Hawke’s Bay TB programme. All land users, including hunters, must follow the cautions on these signs.
Individual aerial pest control operations each have an associated TB control operation notice. The notices provide instructions to ensure the safety of anyone using land within pest control areas.
For more information on the access permissions and permits needed to hunt in the Hawke’s Bay region, contact:
You'll find more information on TB and pest control in the publications and resources section of our site.