August Edition 2019
Disease control ops consultation open
Your farm management and hunting plans are important for OSPRI to consider as we plan possum control activities to manage bovine TB in your area. Farmers and hunters and anyone else affected by proposed TBfree possum control operations can have their say on timings and boundaries here
How do you manage your NAIT location?
Grazier James Reeves leases a block of land on a neighbouring property. He has a separate NAIT number for his herd and uses the NAIT number registered to his main farm. Read more
We’ve captured James’ set up in this illustration. It shows traceability is not about ownership of animals or land. It is built on knowing the animals’ location and the person in charge (PICA) of them.
Biosecurity overhaul will strengthen traceability
OSPRI Chief Executive Stephen Stuart says OSPRI is committed to ensuring the NAIT system is fit for purpose and meets future biosecurity challenges outlined by the Agriculture Minister. Read here
Farmers and PICAs can have their say on the future of national biosecurity by making a submission on the NAIT Amendment Bill (No.2) - which closes midnight August 28.
New NAIT standards add value for farmers
OSPRI has introduced three new NAIT standards which bring added value for farmers and NAIT users. These changes follow the recent NAIT standards consultation and affect tag manufacturers, accredited entities and information providers that undertake services to manage NAIT accounts on behalf of farmers.
Aerial ops lower disease risk
Four of this year’s eight TBfree aerial 1080 possum control operations are complete. About 90,000 hectares of rugged native forest have had disease-spreading possums removed and boosted bird breeding success by killing predators like stoats and rats. Read here
Lifetime traceability supports disease management
Head of NAIT Kevin Forward reminds farmers of the importance of tagging and registering their calves in NAIT within 180 days or before they move off-farm. He says in a recent Rural News article that loss of lifetime traceability can affect a disease management response and may impact on livestock value. Read here
Lifestylers have the same obligations as farmers
North Canterbury lifestyle farmers Chloë Dear and husband Simon Owen believe keeping your NAIT account up to date is a small price to pay, after seeing at first hand the impact of an FMD outbreak in the United Kingdom. Read here