New of­fi­cers en­force com­pli­ance with NAIT Free tips on fish­ing

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Twenty seven new Na­tional An­i­mal Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and Trac­ing (NAIT) com­pli­ance of­fi­cers are ready to hit the ground and start work­ing with farm­ers af­ter grad­u­at­ing from their train­ing pro­gramme.

An­i­mal wel­fare and NAIT com­pli­ance man­ager Gray Har­ri­son says the new of­fi­cers are part of a stepped-up ef­fort to ed­u­cate farm­ers about their NAIT obli­ga­tions and en­force com­pli­ance with the scheme.

“The new of­fi­cers will be lo­cated through­out the coun­try help­ing farm­ers use NAIT con­sis­tently and tak­ing ac­tion when non-com­pli­ance is de­tected.

“The Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries (MPI) has is­sued 97 in­fringe­ment no­tices to farm­ers for non-com­pli­ance with NAIT since the start of 2018.

“In ad­di­tion, OSPRI (which man­ages the NAIT scheme) has is­sued more than 600 let­ters to farm­ers about non-com­pli­ance.”

Mr Har­ri­son says there has been a steady in­crease in the num­ber of an­i­mal move­ments recorded through NAIT.

“We’re pleased to see there has been an al­most 20 per cent in­crease in the num­ber of an­i­mal move­ments recorded this year com­pared to the same pe­riod in 2017.

“It is es­sen­tial all farm­ers, in­clud­ing lifestylers, reg­is­ter their cat­tle and deer in NAIT and record all an­i­mal move­ments.

“A well-func­tion­ing NAIT scheme is a vi­tal part of our na­tional biose­cu­rity sys­tem as it helps MPI re­spond to and man­age an­i­mal diseases, such as My­coplasma bo­vis.”

Mr Har­ri­son says that changes are be­ing made by MPI and OSPRI to im­prove the scheme and en­sure it is fit for the fu­ture.

“It is im­por­tant farm­ers know that OSPRI is there to help if they have any ques­tions or con­cerns about their NAIT ac­count. They’ve got ex­pe­ri­enced staff on hand who know how to use the sys­tem and want to help.”

The NAIT scheme re­quires any­body in charge of cat­tle and deer to reg­is­ter their an­i­mals and record any an­i­mal move­ments. Fish & Game is pro­vid­ing a free talk and demon­stra­tion to im­prove an­glers’ boat fish­ing skills and knowhow this sum­mer.

The event will again be held at Stoney Point Re­serve, off Spencer Rd, Lake Tarawera on Sun­day 6 Jan­uary, 2019.

The talk be­gins at 10am for about two hours.

There is no book­ing fee and you don’t need to bring any­thing but a fold-out chair and suitable cloth­ing for rain or shine.

One lucky an­gler will even win a Kil­well jig rod and reel set just for turn­ing up.

Fish & Game Of­fi­cers Mark Sher­burn and Matt Os­borne will talk and demon­strate, pro­vid­ing worth­while in­for­ma­tion on the trout’s life-cy­cle, their food, habits and habi­tat.

They’ll share tips and tech­niques on how to be more suc­cess­ful when trout fish­ing from a boat.

Af­ter­wards, a demon­stra­tion will be given on how to clean and com­pletely de-bone a trout be­fore hot smok­ing it.

“The talk is sim­ple, easy-tounder­stand stuff de­signed to en­hance an an­gler’s en­joy­ment on the lakes, and ul­ti­mately make them more suc­cess­ful,” says Mr Sher­burn.

“We want li­cence­hold­ers to be suc­cess­ful and en­joy the won­der­ful Ro­torua lakes fish­ery.

“We are blessed with an abun­dance of op­por­tu­nity here but trout fish­ing can be tricky to mas­ter.”

■ For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact msher­[email protected]­ or phone Mark Sher­burn 021 244 1774.

All farm­ers and lifestylers must reg­is­ter their cat­tle and deer in NAIT and record all an­i­mal move­ments.

There is a free talk and demon­stra­tion aimed at im­prov­ing an­glers’ boat fish­ing skills at Lake Tarawera on Sun­day.

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