NAIT Rule Changes Coming in December

New legislation around the use of NAIT tags will be implemented next month.
From December 14, PICAs (persons in charge of animals) will only be able to use NAIT tags at the specific NAIT location number they were issued for. PICAs should avoid stockpiling tags if they intend to move farms in the future.

The new rules are expected to strengthen on-farm biosecurity and assist with the tracing of animals that have not been properly registered. It also brings New Zealand in line with international best practices for animal traceability.

If you are moving, use up your tags or leave them behind for the incoming PICA to use at that NAIT location. If you aren’t planning to move soon, you can continue to use up your old tags, even after 14 December 2020.

Large farming operations, with multiple NAIT locations, will need to purchase tags specific to each NAIT location they have. You can no longer tag animals with tags assigned to a different NAIT location number.