If you have beef or dairy animals you pay a levy for NAIT or TBfree:
The tag levy for cattle is $0.97 (plus GST) per tag. When you buy tags, you pay the levy as part of the cost.
The NAIT slaughter levy for each animal is $1.49 (plus GST). Meat processors collect this levy.
You can only send unsafe to tag animals to meat processors. They collect $13 (plus GST) for each animal, as well as the standard slaughter levy of $1.49 (plus GST).
Meat processors also collect a TB levy for cattle at slaughter to help fund the TBfree programme. Rates differ for dairy and beef cattle. They are:
The maximum levy rate allowed is $15 per head for dairy cattle, and $8.50 per head for beef cattle.
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:
You'll be charged the levy for beef if you changed the production type of your animals from dairy to beef 62 days or more before slaughter.
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.
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.
The TB levy for live cattle and deer that are exported is $11.50 (plus GST) per head, with a maximum levy allowed of $15 (plus GST) per head.