MPI today announced that it’s calling for feedback on proposed changes to the NAIT Act 2012 and regulations. The Ministry says the aim is to improve how biosecurity risks are managed and to enhance the traceability of animals.
“It’s vital that dairy farmers take a close interest in what is being proposed, given the importance of biosecurity to the sector and to New Zealand,” said DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle.
“Mycoplasma bovis has highlighted the importance of an effective traceability scheme and every farmer should take the opportunity to express their view.
“We encourage farmers to look at the proposed changes on MPI’s website and provide their feedback.”
The proposed changes fall into two categories: those arising from the NAIT review undertaken earlier this year by OSPRI (the organisation that oversees the scheme) and also from changes generated from learnings from the M. bovis response.
“We are working with MPI to further understand how these changes will impact on dairy farmers. DairyNZ will also be submitting our feedback on the proposed changes,” said Mr Mackle.
In general terms, the proposed changes include the following:
- PICA (person in charge of an animal) would now cover corporate bodies as well as individuals. For example, this will cover everyone in charge of animals and now matches the requirements in other legislation, such as the Animal Welfare Act 1999.
- NAIT tags would be assigned to a specific location – they would not be able to be used elsewhere. A NAIT tag is a lifetime tag which is applied to an animal at its location of birth (animals do not need to be retagged each time they move location).
- Anyone transporting untagged animals without an exemption could be fined.
- Animals that are ‘unsafe to tag’ (previously labelled ‘impractical to tag’) must be declared at any time before sending to the meat works.
- Farmers must segregate untagged animals before tagging/returning them (unless at the meat works).
- Farmers must declare any non-NAIT species annually.
Further information, including the consultation document and submission form, is available at www.mpi.govt.nz
Public consultation on the proposals begins today and ends on 19 December 2018.
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