Meat processors collect a TB levy for cattle at slaughter to help fund the TBfree programme. Rates differ for beef and dairy cattle.
Following an annual review of rates, levies have decreased. From 1 October 2021, the rates are:
The maximum levy rate allowed remains at $15 per head for dairy cattle, and $8.50 per head for beef cattle.
All rates exclude GST.
All cattle processed for human consumption or pet food incur a NAIT slaughter levy of $0.50 per head.
A Person in Charge of Animals (PICA) may identify individual cattle or deer that are going to slaughter, but can't be safely or practicably tagged. In these instances, they may choose not to NAIT tag these animals, but must declare them unsafe to tag (UTT), and get an exemption from tagging.
The UTT levy rate of $13 per head applies to UTT cattle or deer arriving at a processor.
Meat processors don't charge the UTT levy if an animal:
As a PICA, you may need to change the production type for animals registered to your NAIT account to ensure you pay the correct levy. Download the NAIT quick guide to updating animal production type to find out more.