We run 870 Angus and Hereford breeding cows, there is about 2300 beef animals in total. We have four staff.
There are two, the main farm and the finishing block 20 minutes way - they are both under one NAIT number.
It depends on the season, the price and available feed. Typically, we’ll buy them at 100 kilos and up to 400 kilos so there isn’t a set pattern.
We use the same stock agents and choose animals that have sound traceability. One of the stock agents we’ve dealt with for 18 years. As a supplier of sire bulls, you’re always wary of animals that may have had multiple movements. The only beef animals we introduce to our breeding unit are sire bulls.
The dairy farmers I deal with won’t buy bulls if the animals have no traceability. The M.bovis disease has made a huge difference as to how farmers view NAIT and the value of tracing animals. You can see the evidence too in the NAIT system, animal registrations are at an all-time high and it’s a no-brainer if you want to protect your herd and business.
We supply multiple dairy farms each season. One of our buyers purchases 50 Hereford bulls for servicing to other clients. We expect to offload about 150 bulls this time.
My stock manager looks after the NAIT account as he oversees the beef finishing farm where the greatest NAIT movement activity is. I receive updates on confirmed animal movements by email. All the animals are scanned on and off-farm.
We use a Tru-Test scanner along with the Datamars Cloud Farmer App. All staff have access, it’s ideal for Bluetooth compatibility and the App is a great back up for maintaining your animal health records and sales. You don’t need to go back to the office and plug into the desktop. You can do all transactions at the cattle yard.
It’s reasonably good. We often find missing tags when we bring them in for TB testing. In that case, we’ll ensure the animal has a replacement tag and that tag is registered in NAIT. The reality is animals will always lose tags, though its’ not a big problem for us.
No, never been in that position. We have ample tagging facilities on-farm for tagging our bulls.
Keep your NAIT account up to date. Whether moving animals or registering them, just do it at the time, and that way you won’t forget. Also, it’s important to have a good relationship with your stock agent.