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Tracing farm animals

For disease management and market access, it’s important to know where your cattle and deer are kept or farmed, and identify animals they’ve been in contact with.

Registering with NAIT and TBfree

If you look after cattle or deer you must register yourself or your organisation, and your location before you tag and register your animals.

Delegating NAIT tasks to someone else

You can get help with NAIT tasks by assigning a delegate — like a staff or family member. Alternatively, you can use an information provider such as a stock agent.

Tagging and registering animals

Nearly all farmed cattle and deer must be tagged and registered — it's a 2-step process. Find out which animals you must tag and register, and when and how to do it.

Levies paid by farmers

You pay levies for your cattle and deer to help fund our NAIT and TBfree programmes.

Moving animals

When you move animals on to or off your property, you must record their movements in NAIT. Tracing animals improves our biosecurity and protects our export industry.

Buying and selling animals

When you buy or sell cattle or deer, you need to record their movement in NAIT so that the animals can be traced throughout their lives.

Managing TB in animals

Find out about bovine tuberculosis (TB) in New Zealand, how we manage our nationwide TB testing programme, and what happens when an animal tests positive for TB.

Managing your account

If your NAIT account is up to date, your animals can be easily traced if there's disease outbreak and you can use the data to help you manage your farm.

NAIT user guides for farmers

If you're a Person in Charge of Animals (PICA), or have authority to use a NAIT account, use these guides to NAIT tasks to help you keep your account up to date.

MyOSPRI user guides for farmers

Get help completing farming tasks in MyOSPRI.