Improving NAIT data a priority
OSPRI says farmers and NAIT users that choose not to record or confirm livestock movements can expect greater scrutiny of their NAIT accounts.
While farmers seeking help to get their accounts up to date is on the increase, more work is needed to reconcile accounts where movements have not been completed.
“There is no silver bullet to fix outstanding or unresolved livestock movements in the NAIT system. But we are patiently working through those historical issues with farmers where movement records are incomplete,” says Kevin Forward, Head of NAIT.
Compliance and enforcement are jointly managed by NAIT Ltd and the NAIT compliance team at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) as prescribed in the NAIT Act 2012.
Farmers and persons in charge of animals (PICAs) showing poor engagement records with NAIT are first issued with a notice to remind them of any unrecorded or unconfirmed movements in the NAIT system.
As the management agency for NAIT, OSPRI’s priority is to ensure farmers understand their NAIT obligations and if necessary provide guidance and support to help them update their accounts.
“NAIT monitors their response and actions to see if they are making any changes. If they aren’t, NAIT will escalate the situation with MPI and NAIT inspectors will be alerted,” says Mr Forward.
MPI has 30 NAIT authorised officers in the field to assist with compliance activities, this included visits to saleyards and meat processing plants.
While the Mycoplasma bovis response and assisting MPI has been the primary focus, Mr Forward said NAIT was making progress with long-standing issues related to incomplete movements found in the NAIT system and actioned from farmer queries.
“We acknowledge there are inconsistences going back several years but this accounts for generally around 2 percent of incomplete movements in a given year.
“To put in perspective, there are currently over 51 million movements recorded in the NAIT database and 3.6 million recorded alone this past January.”
NAIT was also undertaking a ‘clean up’ of the NAIT information system with a recent system upgrade, which involves farmers and PICAs having to update their existing user account details and declare all their NAIT locations using Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) land parcel identification numbers.
“We’re giving farmers and PICAs every opportunity to get their NAIT account sorted. We’ve also rolled out an extension and education campaign to support all NAIT users and the NAIT team will be present at the upcoming regional field days,” says Mr Forward.
OSPRI says farmers who choose not to engage with NAIT will be identified and referred to the Ministry for Primary Industries NAIT Compliance Team for follow-up.
OSPRI is a partnership between primary industries and the government, and manages two national programmes – NAIT and TBfree. NAIT provides the national animal identification and traceability system and TBfree aims to eradicate bovine TB from New Zealand. www.ospri.co.nz