Because bulls can move multiple times, the risk of disease spreading or other biosecurity breaches is much higher. For example, spring bull sales are a busy period for bull movements as farmers bring them on-farm for mating.

Sending service bulls off farm

When you send bulls off farm, as the Person in Charge of Animals (PICA) you need to:

  • make sure they are tagged and registered in NAIT
  • complete an Animal Status Declaration (ASD)
  • check if they need a pre-movement TB test, or arrange a service-bull TB test
  • record a sending movement in NAIT within 48 hours of the animals leaving your farm.

Buying or leasing service bulls

If you are receiving bulls on your farm because you have bought or leased them, you need to:

  • check that the bulls coming on to your farm are:
    • tagged and registered in NAIT, and
    • tested for TB, if they're from a Movement Control Area (MCA)
  • receive an ASD form from the sender or seller
  • record or confirm all bull movements in NAIT within 48 hours of them arriving on your property.

Bulls too dangerous to tag

If a bull can't be re-tagged, you can't send it off your farm for mating.

Animals considered too dangerous to tag qualify for an Unsafe to tag (UTT) exemption, but only if they're going direct to slaughter.

Before you move them to an accredited meat processor:

  • declare a UTT movement in your NAIT account
  • mark the animal with a red X so it can be identified by meat processor staff or inspectors.

Removing or replacing NAIT tags

It's an offence under the NAIT Act to remove a NAIT tag without our permission.

After the animals arrive at your location you can apply to us by phone or email for permission to remove or replace their NAIT RFID tags.