Primary industry protection
that as well. There’ll be a system set up. At the moment we don’t know what that looks like, it’s being developed, but we will keep people informed.’’
Once the scheme is up and running there will be a number of ways to contact NAIT, by phone, website, through delegates or animal information service providers.
NAIT radio frequency identification devices are available from any rural retail store, although at this stage it’s simply to give farmers and lifestyle block owners a chance to get used to the technology before it becomes mandatory.
NAIT is an industryowned company established to develop and implement the scheme.
Established in June 2010, the company is governed by a board of five independent directors with a ninemember stakeholder reference group.
Canada set up a similar system in 2002; Australia followed in 2006. Other countries with a national animal identification scheme include Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Japan, South Korea, Argentina, Brazil, and the US. Further details are available on the NAIT website.