Wednesday, July 6, 2022

NAIT brings safety and market benefits

Deer farmers are being encouraged to use electronic identification (EID) to their advantage when it becomes compulsory. From March 1 EID tagging of deer will be mandatory under the National Animal Identification and Tracing Scheme, known as NAIT. Deer Industry New Zealand (DINZ) chief executive Mark O’Connor said the scheme could benefit those farmers interested in collecting and using information to assist decision making. O’Connor encouraged farmers to learn more about how EID could benefit their productivity by speaking to other farmers, DINZ or attending field days.

“From our perspective the reasons for joining NAIT and mandating the use of electronic identification are still very valid,” O’Connor said.

Deer Industry New Zealand chief executive Mark O’Connor is encouraging deer farmers to learn how they can benefit from the National Animal Identification and Tracing Scheme.

Any deer born after March 1 should be tagged within 180 days of birth and registered with NAIT.

All movements of deer off-farm need to be recorded with NAIT.

Fallow deer are still subject to NAIT. Instead of EID-tagging fallow deer, farmers need to do an annual stock take of their animals and record movements with NAIT.

Trophy deer still require tags. Approval can be sought from NAIT to remove tags if an animal is being sent to a trophy farm for hunting.

Generally working well

Beef + Lamb New Zealand farmer council national chair Martin Coup said NAIT seemed to be working reasonably well since becoming mandatory for cattle in July last year.

There had been initial teething problems and Coup had received several emails from NAIT that were actually intended for other farmers.

He said the call centre seemed reasonably efficient but there were issues with private sales between farmers.

In some cases Coup had reported cattle movements to NAIT after selling cattle privately but the buyer neglected to report that they had received the cattle.

“That’s one thing that’s probably not working that well.

“Everyone’s got to play their part.”

A NAIT spokesperson said in that case, the buyer would receive email reminders and phone calls from the contact centre to confirm they did receive the animals.

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