20 Apr 2012

Regional council pulls plug on bovine TB funding

7:00 am on 20 April 2012

The Waikato Regional Council has decided to end its annual financial contribution to the Animal Health Board for controlling bovine tuberculosis.

Biosecurity manager John Simmons says the council will pay its regional share of $825,000 in the 2012-13 year but has made no provision for further contributions.

He says the council takes the view that it has been contributing to the fund for about 20 years and has made quite a substantial investment in it but that, with only about two herds in the region currently infected, it feels there are higher priorities for that money.

Mr Simmons says the council signalled about three years ago that, as the TB strategy was a national one, the funding model needed to be changed to reflect that.

He says the Animal Health Board has not responded to that suggestion.