Our upper South Island regional team is working with the emergency response teams in the Canterbury region. They have been in touch with MPI, Rural Support Trusts, and the Animal Evacuation Response Team based at SPCA Christchurch.
'Our message is to stay safe and look after one another and follow Civil Defence advice. We have extended the timeline for declaring your NAIT obligations,' says OSPRI Head of Traceability Kevin Forward.
'We appreciate this adverse event has happened during the Moving Day period, one of the busiest times of the year for animal movements. But, we hope that giving people a bit of breathing room by extending some timeframes will help at this difficult time.' says Mr. Forward.
These timeframes will apply from when the state of emergency across the Canterbury region is lifted.
These timeframes are normally 48 hours.
Given the importance of animal traceability and biosecurity, we're advising farmers to still tag and register their animals before moving.
Where possible, farmers should record any dead stock in their NAIT account and check if any NAIT tags have been lost or misplaced in the flooding.
Photo credit: Christchurch City Council.