As a Person in Charge of Animals (PICA) you must:
All cattle and deer must be tagged and registered — it's a 2-step process, although there are some exceptions. You still need a NAIT location number even if you don't have to tag your animals.
You don't need to tag:
You must tag and register cattle and deer within 180 days of their birth or before their first off-farm movement, whichever comes first. It's an offence to move untagged and unregistered animals off your property.
Some tags you can read visually and others, including NAIT-approved tags, you read with an electronic scanner.
Tags approved for use by NAIT are radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. They store information on a microchip inside the tag.
There are 2 types:
White tags are for cattle and orange tags are for deer.
There are other types of tags used for farm management, including:
NAIT-approved RFID tags come in 2 parts — a 'female' and 'male' part. The male part sits behind the ear and the female part sits in front.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions and apply the tags to:
If you apply the tags correctly they are less likely to be lost or damaged.
After you've tagged your animals, you need to register them in NAIT. While you're tagging them, it can be helpful to note:
Tags can only be used for the NAIT location you bought them for. If you're planning to move, you won't be able to reassign the tags you have to your new location, unless they have a dairy participant code printed on them.
Contact us if you have problems with your tags. For example, you may find they don't last well, become difficult to read or won't stay in your animals' ears.