Get NAIT ready this calving season

Date 12 July 2019

If you are selling calves this winter, make sure you register them in the NAIT online system says Southland dairy farmer Nigel Johnston. 

It is a legal requirement for calves to be tagged and registered in NAIT within 180 days or before their first movement off-farm.

Nigel says, “Remember too, if you’re rearing calves, any future movements they make off-farm must be recorded in NAIT and confirmed by the farmer at the other end. This builds animal traceability and supports disease management.” 

Saleyards can record sending and receiving movements on behalf of farmers, but calves must be tagged and registered before they go off-farm.  

Farmers buying calves should request an animal status declaration form (ASD) from the seller. This provides the calves’ health status and confirmation of where the animal originated from. 

If you use an information provider such as LIC (MINDA), CRV Ambreed or Farm IQ to register your tagged calves, you must ensure the registration has synchronized through to your NAIT account - before the animals move off-farm.

OSPRI advises farmers to get in contact with their information provider to check they are meeting their NAIT obligations. If you use MINDA or Farm IQ software check your NAIT account regularly to ensure animals have been registered and movements recorded.

The management and movement of calves is especially important with an estimated 1. 5 million calves reared annually in New Zealand.  

Not tagging and registering calves in NAIT affects the accuracy of the system and undermines lifetime animal traceability - a fundamental aspect of NAIT. It is also an offence and you could be fined or prosecuted if caught. 

Nigel says dairy farmers and lifestylers can help improve tag retention by ensuring they are correctly tagging newborns. 

“Tag your calves to the right ear, the inner centre, between the two veins for better retention.”  

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