Why is it important to update NAIT over Moving Day?

Moving Day is the busiest time of the year for livestock movements. Good biosecurity practices, including NAIT compliance, are critical over this period. When NAIT compliance is compromised, our traceability system is threatened, and we run the risk of having a system that will not perform in the event of another disease outbreak.

Find out what you need to do during the Moving Day period.

Step 1: Remember the important NAIT timeframes to ensure you remain compliant

Important NAIT timeframes. Step 1: Tag within 180 days of birth, or before first off-farm movement, (whichever comes first). Step 2: Register tags within 7 days of animals being tagged, or before movement off-farm (whichever comes first). Step 3: Record sending and receiving movements within 48 hours of animals either leaving or arriving on-farm.

Step 2: Review tasks to complete before Moving Day

If you're a Person in Charge of Animals (PICA), you must:

  1. tag all your animals with NAIT tags and register them
  2. complete an Animal Status Declaration (ASD) form
  3. prepare a Declaration to Livestock Transporter (DLT), if your transporter asks for it.

Text above picture: Moving with the herd? Silhouette of farmer, dog and cows heading to stock truckStep 3: Review tasks to complete before, during and after Moving Day

Moving with the herd

If you are moving farms with the herd (sharemilkers) you must do the following:

  1. Register a new NAIT Number
  1. Create a movement for your herd once all animals are registered (can be done from 29 May and must be done within 48 hours of the movement taking place)
  1. Deregister your old NAIT number (NN) — you should only do this once you have no more outstanding movements or animals on that NN
  1. Contact us on 0800 482 463 or email us at info@ospri.co.nz with your new location so we can update the TBfree Programme.

Text above picture: Moving farm without the herd? Silhouette of farmer waving to herd on other side of the fence. Moving without the herd

If you are moving farms without the herd (farm managers, contract milkers) you must do the following: 

  1. Complete, sign and submit a PICA change form to let us know the new PICA at the NAIT location
  1. If you are going to become the PICA at another NAIT location (taking over an existing herd) ensure you are correctly registered as the PICA for the new herd.

Updating TBfree information

When you contact us about changes to the PICA, we will also update the registered TBfree herd information so that we have the correct information for TB testing purposes.

If you're no longer a PICA, you do not need to be registered in NAIT.

If the herd is sold or disbanded, make sure:

  • the movements are recorded in NAIT, and
  • the NAIT number is de-registered. 

Step 4: Review tasks to complete if you are registering any new grazing blocks

If you’re remaining at your current NAIT location but have acquired a new grazing block you must add the grazing block under your current NAIT location. If you try to add it under your current NAIT location, but it falls out of the location requirements, you will need to create a new NAIT location for the grazing block.

You must create movements in NAIT for any animals sold or sent away to grazing within 48 hours of the movement taking place.

If you're using third-party software (like MINDA or myHERD) to update NAIT, or allowing stock agents to update NAIT on your behalf:

  • let your provider know your new NAIT location number/s
  • assign your provider access to your NAIT account as an information provider.

Buying animals

If you buy animals, check that they comply with NAIT requirements before you bring them onto your farm.

New herds

If you establish a new herd, you need to:

  • register a new NAIT location
  • register the herd for TB testing, and
  • after the animals you've bought have arrived, record in NAIT that you received them.

Introducing new animals to a herd

If you're adding new animals to your herd, you must record the movement in NAIT. If you've moved to a new farm, make sure the movement is recorded to the NAIT number at the new location.

If you don't update NAIT

Keeping information up to date in NAIT is important for tracing animals for both disease management and biosecurity.

If you forget to update your NAIT records and keep using your old NAIT number, your movements will be for the wrong farm, which makes tracing a lot harder. If you forget to update your records, call our Support Centre as soon as possible so they can help put things right.

Getting help with Moving Day

You can phone or email us with any problems getting your NAIT and TBfree information up to date.

DairyNZ offers helpful advice for all your other arrangements.