NAIT tag levy

The current tag levy for cattle is $0.90 per tag (excluding GST).

This levy is paid at the point of purchase as part of the cost of the tag.

NAIT slaughter levies

The current slaughter levy for cattle is $0.50 per animal at slaughter excluding GST. This levy is collected by meat processors.

Unsafe to tag levy

NAIT also has an exemption for cattle and deer that are unsafe to tag. The sending PICA must declare the animal as unsafe to tag in NAIT and can only send the animal to a meat processor.

The current unsafe to tag levy is $13.00 per head excluding GST. This levy is collected by meat processors.

Differential TB slaughter levy

The differential TB slaughter levy (DSL) for cattle imposes different levy rates for beef and dairy animals and is collected by meat processors. The TB slaughter levy is collected to help fund the TBfree programme.

Following an annual review of rates there will be no levy changes from 1 October 2020.

The TB slaughter levy rates are:

  • $10 per head for dairy animals
  • $6.30 per head for beef animals.

There is also a levy of $11.50 per head on live cattle and deer that are exported. This levy is paid at the point of export.

The maximum rate for the cattle slaughter levy remains at $15 per head of adult dairy cattle but changes to $8.50 per head of adult beef cattle.

All the rates are exclusive of GST.

Getting charged the right TB levy rate

Check the production type of your registered animals in NAIT. This information is used to charge the correct levy rate for beef and dairy animals. When registering animals, you need to specify their production type in advance of sending them to slaughter.

Check your farm production type in NAIT. This information will be used to charge the levy if you send untagged animals to a meat processor.

Specify if tags you are buying are for dairy or beef animals. This production type will be used if your animal is not registered before they are slaughtered.

Background to the levy and why it changes

The Government, DairyNZ, Beef + Lamb, Deer Industry New Zealand (DINZ) and TBfree entered into an agreement to fund the eradication of TB in NZ providing $910m over 15 years. This funding is through a combination of fixed funding and levies charged on the slaughter of cattle.

Industry shares change each year based on shifts in the relative size and value of each industry. The funding received is also affected by the actual cattle slaughter volumes for dairy and beef. Each financial year a reconciliation is made of the amount contributed by each industry.

Any identified over- or under-payments are addressed through annual adjustments to cattle slaughter levies and Deer Industry New Zealand’s contribution. To keep rate fluctuation to a minimum, consideration is also given to anticipated levy income in future years.

Funding of industry contributions, including the process for setting levies, is outlined in the Biosecurity (Bovine Tuberculosis – Cattle and Deer Levy) Order 2016 and the Biosecurity (Bovine Tuberculosis – Cattle and Deer Levy) Amendment Order 2016.

Frequently asked questions

NAIT data, based on information entered by the PICA for production type against RFIDs will be used to confirm whether an animal is dairy or beef. OSPRI operates a disputes procedure therefore, if you believe you have been charged the wrong levy, you need to contact OSPRI to enquire about the payment and provide information on your correct production type in your NAIT account. OSPRI can help you update your details in your NAIT account and amend the production type assignment for a particular group of animals sent to a meat processor.

For any disputes, contact OSPRI directly to lodge a complaint. OSPRI will evaluate the applications and make a determination.

You’ll be able to change the production type for existing livestock through your NAIT account. The individual animal’s production type may change depending on how long the animal has been on your property with that production type. For example, if an animal is declared as ‘beef’ production type after being ‘dairy’ but has only been on your property with a beef production type for less than 62 days, it will have a levy production type of ‘dairy’.

For untagged animals, the meat processors will use the NAIT number level production type for charging the differential TB slaughter levy.

Keeping your NAIT account up to date (including recording movements on and off your property) and reviewing the production type information of the animals that you will send to slaughter would ensure you will be charged the correct levy for each animal.

For dairy animals, whose production type changed 62 days before the slaughter, or moves to a beef farm 62 days before the slaughter, you will be charged with the beef levy. Otherwise, for those animals, you will be charged the dairy levy.

No. The NAIT slaughter levy remains the same at $0.50 per animal. The NAIT impractical to tag levy will remain at $13 per untagged animal.