13 September 2011
Farmers are being given updated advice about tagging rules for cattle and deer in the run up to the introduction of the mandatory National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) scheme for cattle next year.
The Animal Health Board (AHB) and NAIT Ltd have produced an easy-to-follow guide for farmers based on the most common scenarios covering movement of animals for grazing, sale or slaughter.
The information is to help farmers prepare for the NAIT scheme, expected to be mandatory from 1 July 2012, pending the passing of legislation. The guide to ear tagging requirements is available on both organisations’ websites at www.tbfree.org.nz and www.nait.co.nz
NAIT Chief Executive Russell Burnard said the simple matrix will provide farmers with an at-a-glance guide to their tagging requirements to prepare for next year’s implementation of the NAIT scheme.
“Our message to farmers continues to be: keep on tagging your animals with NAIT-approved RFID tags. Tag your animals when they are young and easier to handle to prepare for the NAIT scheme next year and to avoid double-handling or re-tagging costs.”
Acting Animal Health Board Chief Executive, Nick Hancox, said the focus was on having practicable advice, while minimising inconvenience to farmers during the transition period.
“Farmers should be confident that both organisations are working to ensure the transition process continues to support animal identification requirements under the bovine tuberculosis control programme,” he explained.
Further information can be obtained from the AHB on 0800 437 243 or NAIT on 0800 624 843.