Animals exempt from tagging

Nearly all animals you send to another NAIT location must be registered in NAIT and have a NAIT tag. Exceptions include:

  • animals that are unsafe to tag (UTT) — you can only move these animals to some places, for example, a meat processor
  • fallow deer
  • trophy stags
  • bobby calves – that is, calves less than 30 days old sent direct to slaughter.

You still need a NAIT location number even if your animals are exempt from tagging. For example, if you have trophy stags or fallow deer you must record how many are on your property in NAIT and update this number every year by 31 July. This way we know what animals are on your farm if there's a disease outbreak.

Declaring other farm animals in NAIT

UTT animals — what they are

UTT animals are cattle and deer which you, as a Person in Charge of Animals (PICA), believe are too dangerous to tag. For example, they may be large and aggressive, or present a risk to farm staff.

UTT animals can only move to an accredited meat processor, game estate, safari park or zoo. They must be clearly marked with a red X, before you send them, so the meat processor or new PICA can easily identify them as UTT animals.

Accredited meat processors

You pay a levy of $13 plus GST to the meat processor for each UTT animal you send to slaughter.

Fallow deer

Fallow deer don't have to be tagged or registered before they move between NAIT locations, but you must record an exempt animal movement in NAIT before they leave.

Trophy stags

You don't need to tag trophy stags born at a game estate, safari park or zoo. If you move them to another game estate, safari park or zoo, you must record an exempt animal movement in NAIT before you move them.

Bobby calves

You don't need to tag or register bobby calves before you move them to a meat processor.

If tags are missing

When cattle or deer leave your farm they must be tagged and registered in NAIT unless you have an exemption. Animals that arrive at a meat processor with no tag and no exemption, don't comply with NAIT. In this case, the meat processor:

  • may charge extra on top of the NAIT Slaughter Levy of $0.50 plus GST for slaughtering your untagged animals, and
  • will record them as an untagged, but not exempt, animal in NAIT.

Recording movements for exempt animals

When you move animals exempt from tagging – except for bobby calves – you must record an 'exempt animal movement' in NAIT. As well as the date of the movement and the NAIT number of the animal's destination, include information about its breed, gender and approximate age.

If you receive tagged deer at a game estate, safari park or zoo you must get our permission before removing any tags.

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If the information you record isn't correct, your meat processor can reject the movement and may return the animal to you.

Deleting an exempt animal movement

You can delete an exempt animal movement if, for any reason, the movement doesn't go ahead.