DairyNZ sup­ports ur­gent changes to NAIT

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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.”

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