An­i­mal ID scheme road­show on to­mor­row

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion/news -

The Na­tional An­i­mal Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and Trac­ing scheme road­show hits the road with a meet­ing for farm­ers in Mata­mata to­mor­row, Thurs­day, May 3; part of its 44-cen­tre tour of ru­ral New Zealand.

The road­shows farm­ers na­tion­wide will give the op­por- tu­nity to find out how to meet their NAIT obli­ga­tions be­fore the scheme is manda­tory for cat­tle from July 1 this year and for deer from March 1, 2013.

Each show lasts 90 min­utes and in­cludes a pre­sen­ta­tion from NAIT Ltd’s field team and a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion.

The Mata­mata meet­ing is at Dal­tons Plan­ta­tion, at 9.45am.

The NAIT scheme will link peo­ple, prop­erty and live­stock, through elec­tronic ear tags for cat­tle and deer with a cen­tral data­base. It will strengthen New Zealand’s biose­cu­rity sys­tem to as­sure our over­seas mar­kets that a live­stock dis­ease can be quickly con­tained in the event of any biose­cu­rity in­ci­dent.

The aim is to re­as­sure farm­ers once they have reg­is­tered with NAIT that their scheme obli­ga­tions are straight­for­ward. They can even del­e­gate some­body to meet all or most of their obli­ga­tions on their be­half.

‘‘We are work­ing closely with our share­hold­ers, live­stock sec­tor stake­hold­ers and oth­ers to make sure farm­ers know what they need to know for a smooth tran­si­tion to the NAIT scheme come July 1,’’ NAIT Ltd chief ex­ec­u­tive Rus­sell Burnard said.

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