Lifestylers urged to meet NAIT obligations

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If you manage animals on a lifestyle block it is critical you register them and your property in NAIT says OSPRI.

“Whether you have a dozen animals or even just one, as a PICA [person in charge of animals] you are legally obligated to update your NAIT account and contact details,” says Head of NAIT Kevin Forward.

Lifestylers not registered in NAIT, should be mindful that they are breaking the law and are advised to register their property and animals promptly or face potential fines or enforcement.

“If you’re unsure of your NAIT requirements, we are here to help.  You may have recently taken over a lifestyle property with animals, unaware of your responsibilities. If so, it is essential you get in touch with OSPRI.”

There are no exceptions, lifestylers have the same obligations as farmers running large commercial operations when it comes to supporting disease management and traceability.

This means animals must be tagged and registered in NAIT prior to moving on or off a lifestyle block. These rules apply even if the animals are intended for homekill

“When you bring animals’ onto your property, regardless of the purpose, check that they have been tagged and registered in NAIT and the movement is recorded online in NAIT within 48 hours of the exchange.

“The farmer or sender of the animals should also provide an animal status declaration form (ASD) at the point of transfer. This form is required for all farmed animal movements and contains information regarding the animal’s health which is key for disease management,” says Mr Forward.

Saleyards can record movements on behalf of lifestylers, if their animals are tagged and registered before they go to sale.

OSPRI has a comprehensive range of website resources including videos and publications to help lifestylers update their NAIT accounts.

There are guides on how to correctly tag and register animals and, record and confirm movements in the NAIT online system.

“Everyone with livestock has a responsibility to keep our industry and economy safe and that includes lifestylers too,” says Mr Forward.

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