When you buy or sell calves your NAIT and TBfree obligations are the same as for other cattle, although there are some things it can be helpful to know.
Confirm with the seller:
When the calves arrive on your property, you need to:
Before you send your calves off-farm, make sure they're tagged correctly and registered in NAIT. Calves usually have NAIT birth tags — using these in numerical order will make it easier to enter them in NAIT.
All calves must be:
It's an offence not to tag and register your calves unless they are exempt from tagging. For example, bobby calves going directly to slaughter from the property they were born on don't need to be tagged. If they move to another property then you must tag and register them first.
You also need to:
If you sell calves through an accredited saleyard they will create the sending movement in NAIT on your behalf. You must still make sure the calves are tagged and registered.
Bobby calves moved direct to slaughter are exempt from NAIT requirements to tag and register. Check with your meat processor about their requirements for accepting bobby calves.