Who should register with NAIT?

Whether you have one animal or a whole herd, you need to register as a Person in Charge of Animals (PICA). There can only be one PICA, so this should be the person most involved with the day-to-day management of animals.

What happens when you register with NAIT?

When you register with NAIT, you will create an online account with a username and password. You can logon to your account and maintain your NAIT location and animal records online.

You will be asked to provide information about yourself, and the location where your animals are. When your registration is finished, you will get a NAIT location number - this represents the location where your animals are kept.

Once you register as a Person in Charge of Animals (PICA), you are responsible for keeping accurate records of the animals you manage.

Completing the NAIT registration form

  1. 1. Fill in your name, date of birth and trading name if you have one.
  2. 2. Add your contact details and personal information.
  3. 3. Select which email notifications you want to receive.
  4. 4. In the NAIT number panel click ‘add new’.
  5. 5. Enter your location type and the main address of your property.
  6. 6. A map will appear, click ‘Add parcels’ then click on all of the land parcels that make up your NAIT location. This includes farms that fall within the 10km circle.
  7. 7. Click ‘Continue’.
  8. 8. Provide a property name to help you and other users identify your location.
  9. 9. Enter information about your location including any herd codes, your production type, and the total number of animals at your location at the time of registration.
  10. 10. List any information providers (e.g. stock agents etc.) or delegates (e.g. other farm staff/family) you would like to give access to your NAIT records (if any).
  11. 11. Click ‘Continue’.
  12. 12. Complete the declaration at the bottom of the page, and click ‘Register’.

All personal information collected is for the purpose of administering the National Animal Identification and Tracing Act 2012 (the NAIT Act) and is governed by both that Act and by the Privacy Act 1993. For more information, see the NAIT terms of use.

Farmer registration tutorial


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If you are in charge of any cattle or deer you need a NAIT number. This quick tutorial will show you how to register for one online.

Click the yellow button on the right of the main NAIT website. This takes you to the NAIT system. Now click 'Register & create an account now'. First we need some personal details. Fill in your name, date of birth and trading name if you have one. Remember, your NAIT number is linked to you, not your organisation.

For 'Account Role' select 'PICA farmer'. PICA stands for Person in Charge of Animals. Now PICA delegate is someone you nominate who can assist you in fulfilling your NAIT requirements. This is a good idea if you have someone else who needs to be able to access your NAIT number. This can be set up later.

Under 'Contact Details' we need the physical address of your house as well as your postal address. Keep in mind this may not be the farm's address, we'll add that later. The next step is entering phone numbers and your email address.

There are a number of different email notification preferences that you can choose between. If you don't like to receive too many emails, 'action required' is a good option as we will only send you important emails when there is something you need to do. If you prefer a bit more control, choose 'all'. Hovering over the question mark will give you a better understanding of each option.

Next choose a username and password. Your password must be at least 8 characters long and contain both letters and numbers.

NAIT's terms of use are available to view by clicking on the blue link. Once you have read and accepted these, you can click here and again here to confirm everything you have entered is correct.

Now that you've created your account we need to set you up with a NAIT number. NAIT will ask you if you wish to create a NAIT number now. Click 'yes'. Now you need to enter in your farm's details. You can do so by searching for its address in the first search field. Once you have found your farm, click 'add this farm'. If you have more than one farm you can repeat the process and add all additional land parcels that you want to use this NAIT number for. Remember you can only add multiple properties if they fall within a 20-kilometre circle. If you have multiple farms that fall outside this, you will need separate NAIT numbers for each farm. With your farm selected, scroll down and hit the green 'continue' button. You're almost there.

Next, select your main farm from the list. Add your TBFree herd number here. If you have a Participant Code or Dairy Supply Number you can also add them here.

Lastly, we need to know your property name. This is an important field as it is used to identify your farm to other farmers. If you are comfortable with this being your address, you can leave it, but keep in mind that this can be seen by all users.

Next choose your location type. You'll most likely fall into the first category, 'Farm or lifestyle block'. Choose what production types apply and whether you have any sheep, pigs, goats or alpacas. If you have any cattle or deer that aren't yet NAIT-tagged, enter in how many here. Lastly, tick to confirm that you are the person in charge of animals.

Congratulations! You are now registered with NAIT.

By now you should also be registered with TBFree, another programme of OSPRI that aims to eradicate bovine tuberculosis from New Zealand. If you're not, give us a call on 0800 482 463 and we'll take care of that for you.

Remember, if you ever get stuck we're open from 7am til 6pm and happy to help.