DairyNZ supports urgent changes to NAIT
DairyNZ supports the Government’s decision to pass amendments on the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) Act under urgency this week, says chief executive Tim Mackle.
The Government introduced the NAIT Amendment Bill last Thursday before passing it under urgency. The bill makes changes to the act which will allow for warrantless inspections of farms, clarifies animal movement requirements, and makes it an offence not to record animal movements.
“It’s become clear over the past year, as we deal with the fall out of Mycoplasma Bovis, that some farmers haven’t been taking the requirements to record animal movements through NAIT as seriously as they should have been,”says Tim. “We’ve always encouraged farmers to ensure they complete NAIT records, and the failure to do so has caused significant problems for the sector since M. bovis was first discovered. Legislated changes to the Act were clearly necessary.
“We support the Government’s decision to ensure the legislation is fit for purpose.”