July Edition 2019
Get NAIT ready this calving season
Southland dairy farmer Nigel Johnston says it's vital that farmers selling calves register them in NAIT beforehand. This improves animal traceability and supports disease management. Nigel also has advice for best tag retention. Read more
NAIT essentials for calving
The management and movement of calves are important now. An estimated 1.5 million calves are reared annually in New Zealand. Registering calves in NAIT improves the accuracy of the system and strengthens lifetime animal traceability and disease management.
Check out our calving webpage to ensure you are NAIT ready this calving season.
TBfree chair stands down after 15 years
North Canterbury deer farmer Malcolm Gilbert has stepped down as TBfree Chair for his region. Malcolm spearheaded a local campaign to eradicate TB from livestock, which included lobbying for funding and research into ferrets and their impact on infected herds. This approach to disease management set the benchmark for the rest of the country. Read here
Our latest TB eradication plans now online
OSPRI has begun notifying farmers, landowners and local communities about upcoming disease management operations in their areas. There are over 100 TB Management Areas (TMAs) devised to guide pest control activities. TMAs also preview upcoming survey work and show the path to achieving TB eradication in your area.
For the latest updates check out our interactive map here.
Help inform industry decision making
Landcare Research is looking for farmers to participate in their 2019 Rural Decision Makers survey. This online survey has specific focus on emerging industry trends from a farmer perspective which can guide future policy development and support research in those topics of interest.
Results from previous survey here.
NAIT workshop for farmers
Have you updated your NAIT account? Bay of Plenty and Taupo farmers have an opportunity to meet our Extension team for help and advice on all things NAIT. There are two workshops at Reporoa and Rotorua on Tuesday, July 16.