TB Slaughter Levy

Date 25 August 2016

The differential TB slaughter levy for cattle replaces the former cattle levy and imposes different levy rates for beef and dairy animals. The TB slaughter levy is collected to support funding of the TBfree programme on behalf of beef and dairy industries. The revised levy will be collected by meat processors, as is the current slaughter levy. The new levy comes into effect on 1 August 2016.

The TB slaughter levy and the revised TB management programme have resulted from a recent review of the TB plan. It was agreed that a new differential slaughter levy be applied to account for the required industry contributions on behalf of the dairy and beef industry sectors.

The TB slaughter levy rates from 1 August 2016 will be:

  • $13 per head for dairy animals
  • $6.30 per head for beef animals
  • $11.50 per head for live cattle and deer exports.

The maximum rate for the cattle slaughter levy remains at $15 per head of adult dairy cattle but changes to $8.50 per head of adult beef cattle. All the rates are exclusive of GST.

OSPRI was requested by industry and Government to identify options for implementation and confirmed the most viable option for industry was applying the production type to individual animal RFID tags using the NAIT system.

For more information visit the TB Slaughter Levy page.

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