If an animal loses its tag

You must replace the tag and register the new one in NAIT so that the animal can still be traced.

If an animal has a damaged tag

If you can't read the tag because it's damaged, you may need to replace it. Because it's an offence to remove a NAIT tag without our permission, you need to contact us before you remove it.

If you receive an animal with no tag

You have 2 options:

  • tag and then register the animal in your NAIT account, or
  • return the animal to where it came from.

If a tag won't scan

If a NAIT tag has been damaged, your RFID scanner may not be able to read it. In this case you have 2 options for recording the tag information in your NAIT account.

  1. Read the visual ID printed on the casing of the tag and manually enter it.
  2. Apply to us for permission to remove and replace the tag.

Keeping the same visual ID for a replacement tag

If you want a replacement tag to have the same visual ID as the old tag, you can order a replacement NAIT tag with a duplicate visual ID. Duplicate visual ID tags can't be registered against any other animal.

If you manage your herd using other visual panel tags, you can link any existing visual tags to the new RFID replacement tag.

Updating tag information in NAIT

If you know the animal’s original tag number, link the old tag with the new tag in your NAIT account. This means the animal can be traced throughout its life.

If you don’t know the original tag number, you need to register the animal again in your NAIT account with its new tag number. In this case, you'll lose its traceability history.

If you're replacing a number of tags, you can upload the changes using a CSV file.

Using secondary visual tags for easy animal identification

If an animal loses its tag and you can't identify it, it loses its lifetime traceability. Many farmers use a secondary visual tag so they can still identify the animal if its NAIT tag is lost. That way you can link the old tag with the new and keep the animal's lifetime traceability.