If you have beef or dairy animals you pay a levy for NAIT or TBfree:
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.
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.
You can only send UTT animals to a meat processor. The meat processor collects $13 (plus GST) for each animal.
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:
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.
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:
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.