Farm-to-farm traceability


Caption: Recording and confirming NAIT movements  

(Narrator) Te Puke dairy farmer, Darryl Jensen, rears cows for a nearby beef farmer, Rick Powerdrell. 

Today, Darryl will offload about 200 cows to Rick. He does this every year in late spring. 

When sending calves or livestock off farm, it's essential that the transfer is confirmed by an Animal Status Declaration, or ASD form. This provides the calves' health status, and confirmation of where the animals originated from. 

(Farmer Daryl Jensen) Tagging your animals is only half the job. Remember to register your animals in NAIT to ensure good on-farm practices  

(Narrator) Like many dairy farmers, Darryl uses a third-party provider for livestock management. To meet his NAIT obligations, he must first register his animals within seven days of tagging them, or before their first off-farm movement - whichever comes first and record a sending movement in the NAIT online system within 48 hours. 

Whether the sender or receiver of livestock, both farmers are responsible for ensuring the movement is recorded and confirmed in NAIT. 

Rick runs a 382-hectare drive stock operation within 10 kilometres of Darryl's farm. When the calves arrive on farm, Rick reads their NAIT tags electronically with a scanner. He uses this information to record and confirm a movement in his NAIT account.  

After introducing the calves on the farm, Rick receives the ASD form as confirmation. To ensure he pays the correct slaughter levy for beef animals, Rick changes the animal production type in NAIT. 

(Farmer Rick) One of the things we need to do with these animals is make sure that when they come to us, their production status is correct.  

Now, as a beef farmer, when it goes to the works later in life, I don't want to be paying the dairy levy, as it's higher than the beef levy. So, I'm going to change it to a beef status, and we'll save that. 

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