NAIT go-live date near

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery - By EVIE MARINKOVICH

Acom­pul­sory tag­ging scheme that pro­vides for life­time trace­abil­ity of cat­tle and deer and is aimed at en­hanc­ing New Zealand’s biose­cu­rity re­sponse is about to come into force.

The Na­tional Animal Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and Trac­ing (NAIT) scheme will be com­pul­sory for all beef, dairy and life­style farm­ers from Sun­day, July 1.

It is in­tended to safe­guard New Zealan­ders’ rep­u­ta­tion and in­come.

Farm­ers will need to tag their cat­tle and deer with NAIT-ap­proved tags within 180 days of birth, or be­fore they are first moved off the farm.

NAIT chief ex­ec­u­tive Rus­sell Burnard says the scheme will link peo­ple, prop­erty and an­i­mals.

Un­der the scheme, cat­tle and deer will be tagged with an elec­tronic NAIT-ap­proved RFID eartag.

The NAIT data­base will store in­for­ma­tion about each animal’s in­di­vid­ual RFID num­ber, its lo­ca­tion, and the con­tact de­tails of the per­son in charge of the animal.

The data­base will meet animal trac­ing re­quire­ments for New Zealand in a way that is con­sis­tent with the guide­lines of the World Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Animal Health (OIE).

There is a three-year grace pe­riod for ex­ist­ing stock, but if the stock are be­ing moved off the farm they will need to be tagged be­fore this is done.

Cat­tle and deer need to be regis­tered with NAIT within one week of be­ing tagged.

There is an ex­emp­tion in the NAIT scheme for an­i­mals which are dan­ger­ous to tag if they are go­ing di­rect to a meat pro­ces­sor and have al­ready been tagged with an Animal Health Board bar-coded pri­mary tag, Burnard says.

The scheme starts for cat­tle on July 1 and for deer on March 1 next year.

Com­ing soon: The Na­tional Animal Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and Trac­ing (NAIT) scheme will be com­pul­sory for all beef, dairy and life­style farm­ers on Sun­day, July 1.

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