November 2018 Edition
MOVING BULLS? DON’T BE COMPLACENT
Manawatu beef farmer Richard Morrison says farmers leasing or selling bulls this spring should, ‘understand the risks’ and know the animal’s movement history and health beforehand. Also, if possible, get to know your customers, their NAIT number and their on-farm biosecurity.
FIVE KEY STEPS ALL PICAS SHOULD KNOW
Check out our latest NAIT animation which outlines the five core requirements all PICA farmers must do to meet their NAIT obligations.
PREDATOR CONTROL INITIATIVE GETS BOOST
OSPRI’s TB eradication work in the Dunedin area has received a welcome boost with the Government pledging a $15 million grant over five years towards the South Island’s first large scale predator free project. The plan is to save native plants and wildlife from predators across 31,000 hectares of land.
CHANGES TO NAIT COMING YOUR FEEDBACK COUNTS
The Government has launched their consultation on proposed changes to the NAIT Act and regulations this week. OSPRI encourages all farmers and the wider industry to get involved in the submission process, which closes December 19.
ANNUAL REPORT IS OUT
Find out about OSPRI’s activities and performance of its TBfree and NAIT programmes in the recently released Annual Report 2017/18. This past year has been particularly significant with the conclusion of the NAIT Review and recommendations for improvements to the current NAIT system underway. The TBfree programme meanwhile continues to make progress with the number of TB affected herds at historical all-time lows.
REGISTERING ANIMALS IN NAIT
NAIT animal registration does not occur automatically. Once you have tagged all your animals you must register them in the NAIT online system within seven days of them being tagged. OSPRI has recently published a factsheet on how to register your animals in the NAIT online system.
TB TESTING PROCUREMENT REVIEW
The current TB testing contracts held by AsureQuality and Veterinary Enterprises are due to expire at the end of February 2019. To ensure continuity of cattle and deer TB testing services, OSPRI has opened a procurement process for TB testing contracts effective from March 2019, this is scheduled to be completed by the end of January 2019. Further updates will be provided as the process progresses. If you have any questions email firstname.lastname@example.org.