Wednesday, 18 March 2020 11:30

Four more Hawke’s Bay herds infected with TB

Written by  Staff Reporters
Twelve herds are now infected with TB in Hawke’s Bay. Twelve herds are now infected with TB in Hawke’s Bay.

The past week has seen a further four herds test positive for tuberculosis (TB) in Hawke’s Bay.

OSPRI reports that there are now twelve herds infected with TB in Hawke’s Bay, including nine beef farms and three dairy farms.

A beef herd previously under investigation is now confirmed to be infected and three additional herds have been added to investigations. 

The increase in infected herds represents a 50% jump in cases, with OSPRI reporting eight herds infected last week. 

Ten herds are currently being investigated for TB, three of which are new from last week.

The number of herds being investigated is slightly lower than the eleven being tested last week, with investigations being closed for two herds after testing showed no infection. 

A total of 56,916 animals have been tested since 1 November 2019.

For infected herds, two clear, whole herd tests six months apart are required to achieve clear status

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OSPRI’s Hawke’s Bay TB response webpage has been revised with the latest information for farmers – go

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