NAIT provides New Zealand livestock owners, processors and government with timely and quality information on the current location, movement history and other useful information associated with livestock.
Dairy farmers and NAIT: What you need to do
All people in charge of cattle and deer need to meet their legal obligations under the NAIT scheme.
NAIT obligations for dairy farmers are:
- Get your NAIT number by registering your farm or property with NAIT
- Tag AND register your animals with NAIT approved RFID tags
- Record all on and off-farm movements of animals with NAIT within 48 hours.
Tips on registering
- You can get your NAIT number now. It’s a straightforward process that takes less than 10 minutes. Register for a NAIT number online here.
- A NAIT number is required in addition to your Animal Health Board (AHB) herd number or dairy participant code.
- When you register make sure you have your AHB herd number or dairy participant code handy - it'll mean NAIT can link tags you've purchased using these numbers to your NAIT account.
- If you need help the NAIT contact centre is available on 0800 624 843.
- NAIT allows farmers to use an 'information provider' such as LIC to take care of your NAIT obligations. If you use an information provider, you still need to register with NAIT first and then 'opt in' to use the information provider.
- All animals must be both tagged with a NAIT approved RFID tag AND registered in the NAIT online system within 180 days of birth or before they move off farm, whichever comes first.
- If using an information provider such as LIC or CRV Ambreed, the PICA will still need to check that the animal movements have synchronised through to their NAIT account before those animals move off farm.
- Bobby calves need to be identified with a direct to slaughter tag issued by the meat-processing company, rather than a NAIT tag.
- Cattle that the person in charge deems too dangerous to tag qualify for the unsafe to tag (UTT) exemption, but this is only provided if the animals are going direct to slaughter.
- Note that it is an offence under the NAIT Act to remove a NAIT tag without permission from NAIT, or to alter or reuse a NAIT tag.
Legislation paved the way for NAIT to come into effect for cattle from 1 July 2012 and for deer from 1 March 2013. The NAIT Act was amended in 2019 to further strengthen the system, with greater emphasis on compliance with tagging, registering and movement recording requirements, and to introduce stronger infringements for those who don’t comply.
NAIT is a vital part of New Zealand’s farm system – allowing us to respond rapidly to food safety and biosecurity threats such as a disease outbreak, by being able to track animal movements and quickly find contain and control disease. It also responds to growing demands from consumers who expect greater traceability of the products they buy.
For more information visit the NAIT website.