Levies you pay for cattle

If you have beef or dairy animals you pay a levy for NAIT or TBfree:

  • on their NAIT tag
  • when they are slaughtered
  • when they are exported.

NAIT tag levy

The current tag levy for cattle is $0.90 (plus GST) per tag. When you buy tags, you pay the levy as part of the cost.

NAIT slaughter levies

The current slaughter levy for each animal is $0.50 (plus GST), unless it is unsafe to tag (UTT). This levy is collected by meat processors.

UTT levy

You can only send UTT animals to a meat processor. The meat processor collects $13 (plus GST) for each animal.

TB slaughter levy

Meat processors also collect a TB slaughter levy to fund our TBfree programme.

You pay a different TB slaughter levy for beef and dairy animals.

The rates were last updated in October 2020 and are:

  • $10 (plus GST) per head for dairy animals
  • $6.30 (plus GST) per head for beef animals.

The maximum rate for the cattle slaughter levy is $15 per head for dairy animals and $8.50 per head for beef animals. The rate is reviewed every year.

How meat processors charge the right TB slaughter levy

Meat processors use the production type of your animals, as recorded in NAIT, to charge the correct levy.

Before you send cattle to slaughter, check that you have given your animals the correct:

  • production type — that is, beef or dairy
  • farm production type — this is used to decide the TB slaughter levy for any untagged animals.

Dairy animals finished as beef

You'll be charged the levy for beef if you:

  • changed production type of your animals from dairy to beef 62 days or more before slaughter
  • moved them to a beef farm 62 days or more before slaughter.

If you've been charged the wrong TB slaughter levy

Contact us to enquire about levy charges if you think they aren't correct. We'll evaluate the information you give us through our disputes procedure. In some cases we may be able to update or amend the production type in your NAIT account after cattle have been sent to a meat processor.

Levies you pay for deer

Deer Industry New Zealand (DINZ) is funded by levies you pay when you harvest deer velvet or the animals are slaughtered.

There are different rates for fallow deer.