Factsheets - Sheep & Beef
The following fact sheets have been prepared by Anexa FVC Veterinarians as a guide to topics of interest. For specific information please contact your local vet.

NAIT - National Animal Identification and Tracing scheme

NAIT - National Animal Identification and Tracing scheme
Why is it important?
NAIT was created in response to a need to improve consumer confidence, food traceability and disease management. As the recent Mycoplasma outbreak highlighted, animal movement around the country is paramount to our biosecurity.

What are your responsibilities?
  • Cattle and deer must have a NAIT approved tag in their ear within six months of birth or before moving off-farm, whichever is sooner.
  • Animals must be registered in the NAIT system within seven days of being tagged or before moving off-farm, whichever is sooner.
  • All animal movements must be recorded with NAIT, including confirming receiving movements within two days of the movement start or movement end date.
  • All animal deaths on-farm or missing animals must be recorded with NAIT within two days of occurring.
What are the consequences if not followed?
Under the NAIT act, you could be breaking the law if an inspector finds animals not tagged or tagged but not registered, if an animal is transported without record of movement, or an animal is missing without record.

While currently the approach to non-compliance has been educational, with the recent NAIT review MPI are looking to integrate NAIT inspections into their own inspections, so now is the time to make sure all your records are up to date.


Date Added: Wednesday, 9th May 2018


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