Calving is a busy time on-farm. It’s also a great opportunity to support lifetime traceability by fulfilling your NAIT obligations. It’s essential to be able to trace animals back to their original source. If we have a biosecurity incursion or we’re managing a livestock disease outbreak like M.bovis, NAIT helps us work out where affected animals have been, what other animals they have come into contact with, and what we need to do to prevent the spread of disease.
During calving season, you must:
We recommend using a scanner to register your animals and record movements.
If you’re buying calves, confirm with the seller:
Remember to record receipt of animals in NAIT within 48 hours.
Before you send your calves off-farm, make sure they're tagged correctly and registered in NAIT. Using NAIT tags in numerical order will make them easier to enter into the system. Using secondary identification, such as birth tags, may also be helpful.
It's an offence not to tag and register your calves, unless they are exempt from tagging. For example, bobby calves (under 30 days old) going directly to slaughter from the property they were born on are exempt. If they move to another property before slaughter, you must tag and register them.
You also need to:
By paying some extra attention to your NAIT obligations over this period, you will be setting up your farm and New Zealand’s biosecurity system for success.
Be a mate — update NAIT.