Livestock kills and movements

As a (Person in Charge of Animals) PICA meat processor you're responsible for ensuring all movements of NAIT animals on and off your premises are recorded within 48 hours of the movement taking place.

You must also record slaughter information for each animal as they are slaughtered.

To record both movement and slaughter information you will need to perform a ‘kill upload’.

A ‘kill upload’ will record, in one transaction, both the movement of NAIT animals to your location and slaughter information. A ‘kill upload’ can be done through the user interface in the NAIT system (suitable for smaller organisations) or using a CSV file. A CSV file is uploaded directly into the NAIT system or through external software that can interface with the NAIT system.

When receiving animals, an accredited meat processor can record a single receiving movement that completes both components of the movement on behalf of the PICA.

This means that the sending PICA needs only to:

  • ensure their animals are fitted with NAIT tags and registered in the NAIT system
  • provide their correct NAIT location number so the meat processor can record the movement and slaughter of the animal.

A PICA meat processor must monitor pending movements recorded to and from the NAIT number for their location and confirm or reject movements as required within 48 hours.

Sending animals

A live animal that is on-sold or contracted out for grazing from a meat processor to another NAIT location must be recorded in:

  • a receiving movement to the meat processor premises
  • a sending movement from the premises.

Declaring slaughter information

A PICA meat processor is required to declare animal death information to NAIT within 48 hours from the date an animal was slaughtered or euthanised at the premises.

The information that needs to be declared includes:

  • the RFID or NAIT visual tag number of the animal (unless the animal is not tagged with a NAIT RFID tag)
  • the sending PICA’s NAIT number
  • whether the animal was slaughtered for human consumption or pet food
  • the date of slaughter
  • carcass disease information.

Animals that arrive at a slaughter premises without a NAIT RFID tag should be recorded in a ‘kill upload’ as untagged.

The meat processor must also record animal death information in the NAIT system for any non-slaughtered and condemned animals at a meat processor premises.

Recording untagged animals

In your 'kill upload', record animals that arrive at slaughter premises without a NAIT RFID tag as 'untagged'. This will confirm any pending movements created by the PICA.

Apply NAIT levies as follows:

  • $13 (plus GST) UTT levy for animals declared as UTT in NAIT and marked with a red X by the farmer
  • $0.50c (plus GST) slaughter levy for all animals including those that arrived untagged without a UTT exemption.


The following animals are exempt from NAIT requirements.

Bobby calves

Calves under 30 days of age consigned direct to slaughter (bobby calves) are exempt from NAIT tagging and animal movement requirements. It is not a requirement to upload ‘kill data’ to NAIT for bobby calves.

Unsafe to tag (UTT) or untagged animals

Animals considered too dangerous to tag qualify for an Unsafe to tag (UTT) exemption provided they are going direct to slaughter. UTT animals must be marked with a red X and declared in NAIT before they are moved. The meat processor charges a levy of $13 (plus GST).


Exempt animals

Fallow deer may move between farms, but an exempt animal movement must be recorded in the NAIT system. The PICA must be registered in the NAIT system and provide an annual tally of exempt animals at their location.