The Moving Day period is generally the busiest time of the year for stock movements with around 2 million animals relocating.
This situation heightens the risk of disease spread so it is essential farmers moving herds or farm are ready and prepared.
Dairy farmers and sharemilkers who have any unused dairy participant code tags will need to reassign these tags to their new location before moving farm.
'The OSPRI Contact Centre can reassign these tags to a new NAIT location number because the participant code printed on the tags refers to a herd, not a location,’ says Head of Traceability Kevin Forward.
'However, if your tags have a NAIT location number printed on them, they cannot be re-assigned. So, if you have stockpiled NAIT tags you will be unable to use them at your new location.'
Farmers can use tags that have been left by an outgoing farmer when they become the registered Person in Charge of Animals (PICA) at that NAIT location.
Remember, never remove tags without permission from OSPRI. It is otherwise an offence to remove a NAIT tag.
'If farmers are managing their NAIT tags properly it is easier to trace animals, and where they’ve been. This way you are supporting national biosecurity and the effectiveness of a potential disease response,' says Mr Forward.
OSPRI recommends farmers check out their website, which has recently undergone a makeover. The site navigation has improved, and it is now easier to find all the information you need to ensure the moving day period is less hassle and stressful.
Farmers can also download or print a Moving Day Checklist from the OSPRI website.
If you have any other questions or need help, please call our Contact Centre on 0800 482 463.