Good to see you at the Field Days
Farmers looking for personal help with TBfree and NAIT requirements have enjoyed face-to-face meetings with programme extension staff at field days in Southland, Northland and Central Districts in the past month.
Over the course of the three regional events which attracted almost 100,000 people, OSPRI personnel were able to help about 150 stand visitors at each event with queries about TB testing schedules, NAIT tag/register/record, and the differential slaughter levy.
Among the questions asked were:
- How do we keep up-to-date with NAIT (Animal registrations, deaths, production-type changes …)? Find out here.
- How do we find out about the Differential Slaughter Levy? Find out here.
- What is OSPRI's role in relation to the M bovis outbreak? Find out here.
- What are the TB testing requirements for deer? Find out here.
OSPRI staff noted that, in the wake of the M bovis outbreak and ministerial comments about MPI’s tougher stance on NAIT compliance, “there is definitely interest from farmers in trying to get NAIT accounts up to date and issues sorted”.
Three lucky punters also reaped rewards by visiting the OSPRI stands, each taking away an oilskin jacket in the prize draw. The winners were:
- Southland: Mike Smith from Oamaru
- Central Districts: David McKay from Gladstone
- Northland: Ian Blackwell from Kaiwaka
OSPRI will once again have a bold presence at the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek, Waikato, 13-16 June. A NAIT system specialist and a full Pit Crew will be on hand to explain the workings of the NAIT and TBfree programmes.