If you are a sharemilker or dairy herd owner it is likely you will at some stage move livestock or change farm on Moving Day (June 1).
All herd owners or sharemilkers changing address or relocating herds, should be extra vigilant about recording movements to minimise and prevent the potential spread of livestock disease and contamination.
Where possible, avoid any unnecessary movement of livestock or ensure when moving livestock, that groups remain segregated from introduction to new animals or herds until animal health status is determined.
To ensure you meet your NAIT and TBfree programme obligations, farmers are always required to tag and register their animals and record all livestock movements, so that any incidence of disease or contamination can be properly managed.
Moving your herd to a new property
From 1 May 2018, if moving your herd to a new property the NAIT number cannot move with the herd. You will need to register a new NAIT number at the property you are moving to and record a movement for the stock that have moved.
If you use an accredited information provider, you will need to advise them of your new NAIT number to keep your records up to date.
The TBfree herd number can stay with the herd to retain the TB status and testing history for your animals. You will need to contact OSPRI to update your TBfree herd records.
All animals moving from a TB movement control area must be pre-movement tested no more than 60 days before moving.
Change of Person in Charge of Animals
If you are a departing herd manager and the current NAIT registered Person in Charge of Animals (PICA) for the animals you manage, you can apply to assign the NAIT number to the new manager. Likewise, if you are an incoming herd manager and will be the new Person in Charge of Animals on a day-to-day basis, you can apply to have an existing NAIT number assigned to you.
On contact with OSPRI, the required updates will be made to the registered TBfree herd number to ensure the correct information is listed for TB testing purposes.
If you have purchased a herd, you will need to register a new NAIT number and TBfree herd number and record NAIT receiving movements for the animals you have purchased.
If you have an existing NAIT number and TBfree herd number and intend to run the herds as one, you may use one NAIT number and herd number for all of your farms provided all of the farms are within a 10km radius of the central/main farm. You will need to contact OSPRI to assess the TB status of the herd. If the new herd is located outside of the 10km radius from the current farm, you will need to register a new NAIT and TBfree herd number and record NAIT movements between the properties.
Adding a new farm or runoff block
To use one NAIT number for all your farms, they must all be within a 10km radius.
If you have purchased or lease a property that falls within the 10km radius, you can use one NAIT number for both properties. If you have purchased or lease a property that is outside of the 10km radius (e.g. the blue farm below), you will need to register a new NAIT number and record NAIT movements for animals moving between the properties.
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