New officers enforce compliance with NAIT Free tips on fishing
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]handgame.org.nz 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.