NAIT PICA responsibilities


There are five core steps that all PICA farmers must undertake to meet their NAIT requirements.

Step 1: Register with NAIT.

If you are a person most involved in the day-to-day management of cattle or deer, you must register in the NAIT online system as a PICA farmer, even if you have only one animal.

Step 2: Register your location.

Once you have registered as a PICA farmer, you must register all locations where you are in charge of NAIT animals.

Each registered premise will be assigned a unique NAIT number.

This is known as a NAIT location and identifies where your animals are.

Step 3: Tag and register your animals.

All cattle and deer must be tagged with a NAIT-approved RFID tag and registered in the NAIT online system within six months of birth or before they move off-farm, whichever comes first.

Step 4: Record and confirm animal movements.

As a PICA farmer you are responsible for ensuring all movements of NAIT animals onto and off your registered location are recorded in the NAIT online system within 48 hours of the movement occurring.

Both the sending and receiving PICA have an obligation to record and confirm an animal movement in the NAIT online system, the exception being if a PICA farmer sends livestock to an accredited entity operating as a meat processor or saleyard.

In this case, the accredited entity is responsible for recording the movement on behalf of the sending PICA farmer.

Step 5: Keep your NAIT account up to date.

It is also your responsibility as a PICA farmer to ensure all information entered in the NAIT online system is correct and updated as required. 

This includes declaration of livestock death, loss or intended export of NAIT animals, and personal details and contact information.

For more information or to request a PICA change application, visit or call 0800 482 463.