Once an animal has been tagged, it must be registered with NAIT before the animal leaves the saleyard. This can be done by: 

  • recording an animal registration in NAIT online
  • using third-party software  
  • over the phone with the OSPRI contact centre. 

When submitting the animal registration, enter as much known information about the animal as possible. If the animal’s date and/or location of birth is not known, it is acceptable for a saleyard PICA to submit an animal registration with these fields marked as ‘unknown’. 

If the tag has been replaced at the sale and the original tag is known, a tag replacement must be submitted.

If an animal arrives tagged but not registered, it is not the responsibility of the saleyard to register the animal. The vendor (sending PICA) should have registered the animal before it left their farm.

Unsafe to tag animals 

Animals that are large and/or aggressive and present a risk to the PICA or other saleyard staff may be considered ‘unsafe to tag’ for NAIT purposes. 

Unsafe to tag (UTT) animals are exempt from tagging under the following conditions. 

  1. 1 The animal can only be sent to a meat processor, game estate, safari park or zoo.
  2. 2 The saleyard PICA must record a sending movement (exempt animal) in NAIT before the animal leaves the yards. If the animal arrived at the sale untagged, it can be returned to the farm of origin. There is no need to record this movement.
  3. 3 The unsafe animal must be clearly identifiable by the person receiving it.
  4. 4 Standardised Meat Industry guidelines require a red ‘X’ sprayed on the back of the animal to identify it as unsafe to tag.
  5. 5 UTT animals are subject to a $13 (excl. GST) UTT levy per head, collected by the meat processor and charged to the owner of the animal.