If you manage cattle or deer on a lifestyle block it is critical you register them and your property in the NAIT online system.

Whether you have a dozen animals or even just one, as a person in charge of animals (PICA) you are legally obligated to update your NAIT account and contact details.

If you've recently become a lifestyle block owner and intend to manage cattle or deer, you need to register with NAIT.

Lifestyle block owners who choose to ignore their NAIT obligations will be subject to fines or enforcement. Failing to register as a PICA will incur a fine of $800.

What you need to do

  1. 1 You must be registered with NAIT.
  2. 2 Register the location(s) where your animals are kept.
  3. 3 Register and tag all your livestock and deer in NAIT within 180 days of birth or before their first off-farm movement, whichever comes first.
  4. 4 Record any animal movements to or from your location in NAIT within 48 hours.
  5. 5 Keep your contact details and animal information up-to-date. This includes recording all on-farm deaths and home kills.

See our step-by-step guide to your NAIT obligations as a lifestyle farmer:

NAIT responsibilities for PICAs


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Buying calves or weaners

If you're buying calves or weaners:

  • confirm with the seller that the calves have been correctly tagged and are registered in the NAIT online system.
  • ask the seller for an Animal Status Declaration form (ASD). This form should be exchanged with the animals at the point of sale.
  • when the calves arrive, read their NAIT tag numbers visually, or electronically with a scanner. You will need this information to record or confirm a movement in your NAIT account.
  • record a receiving movement in NAIT within 48 hours.