Posts tagged "OSPRI"

Improve NAIT reporting or face consequences

[11 March/Rural News] OSPRI warns that the NAIT accounts of farmers will have a closer watch on them, along with NAIT users who choose not to record or confirm their livestock movements. Kevin Forward, Head of NAIT reports that they are currently reconciling historical issues with farmers where movement records are incomplete. Compliance and enforcement...

OSPRI boss resigns

[25 June/Rural News] OSPRI Chief Executive, Michelle Edge, has resigned and will leave the organisation in September. Ms Edge said the company had achieved significant outcomes over the past three years, including a complete restructure and change management and business improvement programme. She added it had achieved significant developments in terms of its core programmes....

Ospri bans the use of quad bikes by workers and contractors from January

[27 November/ Stuff] Government agency, Ospri has banned the use of quad bikes by its workers and contractors from January 2018 due to safety concerns. The Department of Conservation had already stopped its staff from using the bikes, while Landcorp had taken 200 quad bikes off farms and replaced them with safer vehicles. Quad bikes...

NAIT open to new uses, Edge says

[17 October/ NZ Farmers Weekly] OSPRI Chief Executive, Michelle Edge said NAIT was set up to ensure food safety rather than catch criminals. Ms Edge explained that NAIT captured data through individual animal movements in order to validate food safety for traceability through the supply chain, and it was not set up for daily GPS...

New plan to tackle bovine TB

[14 July/ Rural News] Primary industry leaders have come together to launch the new plan for managing bovine TB in New Zealand. OSPRI Chairman, Jeff Grant said the country was embarking on the next stage of eradication thanks to efforts of farmers and industry and Government organisations that were shareholders and investors in the TB...

Jobs to go after $20 million TB funds cut

[7 December/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Around 20 jobs at both TBfree and Ospri are to be restructured following a $20 million budget cut of the latter’s TB programme. Ospri Chief Executive, Michelle Edge said the areas affected will be North Island’s pest management operation and corporate services. The funding change resulted from significant progress...

Government and industry team up to trial online livestock traceability tool for market access

[16 November/ OSPRI Media Release] The Ministry for Primary Industries, the Red Meat Profit Partnership and OSPRI are to work together to develop an online tool that captures key information about livestock status and movements as they move through the supply chain. Livestock owners must already supply an Animal Status Declaration form when animals are...

‘Big step’ in fight against bovine TB

[10 September/ Radio NZ Rural] OSPRI has announced that the number cattle and deer herds infected with bovine tuberculosis (TB) is at an all-time record low, with only 34 cattle herds and two deer herds infected this year. OSPRI Programme Development Group Manager, Stu Hutchings said while the reduction was in line with the goal...