April 2019 Edition
NEW OSPRI CEO
Kia ora to all OSPRI News’ subscribers. I’m delighted and honoured to be the new Chief Executive of OSPRI and am looking forward to getting around the country over the coming weeks and months to meet farmers and other stakeholders. While I realise there is much work to be done, I’m excited at the prospect of leading an organisation that delivers critical services to New Zealand farmers, which benefit the wider primary sector. It is my intention to build on the progress OSPRI has made with animal traceability and disease management, to ensure they are enduring and reach their respective goals.
NEW VIDEO TO HELP UPDATE NAIT ACCOUNT
We’ve created a video to help you update your NAIT account. We remind Persons in Charge of Animals (PICAs) that the deadline for voluntary re-registration has expired. All farmers and PICAs must update their NAIT account, not doing this, compromises effective livestock traceability and disease management.
Watch the video here
NAIT REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL FOR LIFESTYLE FARMERS
Canterbury based lifestyle farmer Tony Watson knows the value of NAIT. He warns part-time farmers and lifestylers to register their animals and locations in NAIT. Whether you have a dozen animals or just one, this is the law. Read here
TBfree GOAL IN SIGHT
Waikato TB committee chair Chris Irons tells the Farmers Weekly he looks forward to the day when risk-based testing will mean no more TB testing for his cattle. Read his full story here.
A BUSY MONTH IN THE REGIONS
OSPRI is delighted with the response we’ve had from farmers at the Northland, Central Districts and South Island Field days. NAIT registration kept the extension team busy and they were ably supported by the NAIT team and some contact centre staff who joined them at the events.
A series of workshops is planned for the provinces in the coming months to help farmers with NAIT. Follow our Facebook page or check our Events page here.
YOUR ONE STOP SHOP FOR NAIT
As part of a recent NAIT system upgrade a key development has been the closure of the nait.co.nz website. All NAIT users are now being redirected to the OSPRI website, which is your one- stop shop for all things NAIT. Visit www.ospri.co.nz
NAIT STANDARDS CONSULTATION
Thank you to everyone who submitted on our consultation which closed March 29. Much of this has been very practical information. The feedback will be collated and considered by NAIT and this will influence any changes that need to be made to the standards. We anticipate the proposed changes will come into effect in June. More information