When to register your animals

You must register animals in your NAIT account within 7 days of tagging them. You also need to ensure that the animals are tagged and registered before they are 180 days of age, or before their first off-farm movement. Registration happens after the animals are tagged, when you link the animal's birth information to the tag number in your NAIT account.

Animals you must register

As the Person in Charge of Animals (PICA), you must register all the cattle and deer you've tagged. You also need to register some animals that are exempt from tagging.

Other animals you need to tell us about

If you farm cattle or deer, you need to let us know each year by 31 July how many other cloven-hoofed animals you have on your property. This includes sheep, pigs, goats, alpacas, emus, llamas, and ostriches.

Like cattle and deer, they can spread disease between species, such as foot-and-mouth disease. If there's an outbreak it's helpful to know which animals are at risk.

Steps in the registration process

Before you register cattle and deer in NAIT you need to:

  • buy NAIT-approved tags
  • attach a tag to each animal
  • make a note of the tag number assigned to each animal.

Information you need to register animals

Before you register the animals in NAIT, gather the following information:

  • the NAIT RFID tag numbers or printed visual ID numbers that you used to tag your animals
  • each animal's date of birth — you only need the month and year
  • the NAIT location number where the animals were born
  • whether the animal type is cattle or deer
  • the production type of each animal — for example, dairy, beef or deer.

How to register animals in NAIT

There are several methods you can use to register your animals. You can register them by:

  • logging in to your NAIT account and doing it online
  • calling our Support Centre
  • using a third-party app — for example, some RFID tag scanners come with software that lets you upload data to your NAIT account, or
  • contracting an information provider to do the work on your behalf.

After your animals are registered, the links between you as their PICA, the location you keep them at and the NAIT RFID tag on each animal ensure they can be traced if there is a disease outbreak.

Keeping your animals' details up to date

After you've registered your animals in NAIT you may need to update information about them if:

  • you move or sell them
  • they lose or damage a tag
  • they die, or
  • you change something else, such as their production type.



Read transcript for this video
In this tutorial we will go over how to register animals.

After logging into NAIT, click 'Register Animals' and then enter animal details. There are 3 ways you can register animals to your NAIT account. If you want to type in the tags, either the visual ID — that's the writing on the tag itself – or the RFID number, click here and then type the amount separating each tag with a comma. If you've purchased tags these will be loaded against your account. Click here to select which animals you want to register from a list of tags you've already purchased. If you want to upload a list of tag numbers, choose this option.

For this tutorial we will be selecting from a list of tags you have already purchased. Click here, then simply tick the tags you want to register from the list. Now click 'Continue'. If the animals you are registering are all the same age and gender, you can enter the animals details here. Remember that the details you entered here will be applied to all of the tags you have previously selected. Hit 'Register' and you're done – it's that simple.