TB differential slaughter levy

A TB levy for cattle is collected at slaughter to help fund the TBfree programme. The rates are different for beef and dairy.

Following an annual review of rates there will be no levy changes from 1 October 2020.

The TB slaughter levy rates are:

  • $10 per head for dairy animals
  • $6.30 per head for beef animals

There is also a levy of $11.50 per head on live cattle and deer that are exported. This levy is paid at the point of export.

The maximum rate for the cattle slaughter levy remains at $15 per head of adult dairy cattle but changes to $8.50 per head of adult beef cattle.

All the rates are exclusive of GST.

The NAIT system returns the levy type to the meat processor for each animal when a kill upload is submitted. The meat processor must use this to determine the appropriate levy.

NAIT slaughter levy

All cattle processed for human consumption or pet food incur a NAIT slaughter levy of $0.50 per head.

NAIT Unsafe to tag (UTT) levy

PICA farmers may identify individual cattle or deer that cannot safely or practicably be tagged and are being sent directly to slaughter. In these instances, the PICA may choose not to NAIT tag these animals, but must declare them as UTT and get an exemption from tagging.

The UTT levy applies only to UTT cattle or deer arriving at a processor. An Unsafe to tag (UTT) levy of $13 (plus GST) per head applies to these animals.

Don't charge the UTT levy if an animal:

  • has a NAIT tag but it doesn't scan
  • is untagged, and not declared and marked as UTT
  • has a NAIT tag, but is also declared and marked UTT.