The NAIT scheme came into effect for cattle on 1 July 2012 and for deer on 1 March 2013. This is now the only mandatory ear tagging scheme in New Zealand, and replaces the previous national tagging programme.
The AHB will work closely with NAIT to make sure the ability to trace and identify suspected or confirmed TB-infected cattle and deer is maintained.
What tags do you need on your stock?
NAIT-approved RFID tags are the only tag that is required for all cattle and deer movements, including direct to slaughter. Farmers no longer have to place AHB-approved secondary ear tags on animals, although official existing tags should not be removed from older stock.
Farmers may still wish to use other tags for management reasons, but that will be their choice.
If you are not registered with NAIT, then you must do so now in order to sell, move and receive stock.
Missing and replacing tags
Missing tags should be replaced with NAIT scheme RFID tags.
For all animal ID enquiries, please phone 0800 437 243.
For all enquiries about the NAIT tagging system go to www.nait.co.nz or phone 0800 624 843.