This is what you need to know
Anyone in charge of cattle or deer must comply with the NAIT Act (National Animal Identification and Tracing Act). If you aren’t fulfilling your NAIT obligations you could be fined or prosecuted by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).
What do I need to do?
The NAIT Act requires you to record information about your animals in the NAIT system. Listed below are the basics and you can find out more on our NAIT basics page.
- Cattle and deer must have a NAIT approved tag in their ear within six months of birth or before moving off-farm, whichever is sooner. More information on how to tag
- Animals must be registered in the NAIT system within seven days of being tagged or before moving off-farm, whichever is sooner. More information on registering animals
- All animal movements must be recorded with NAIT, including confirming receiving movements within two days of the movement start or movement end date. More information on recording movements
- All animal deaths on-farm or missing animals must be recorded with NAIT within two days of occurring. More information on recording deaths or missing animals
What does breaking the rules look like?
Here are some examples of where you could be breaking the law under the NAIT Act:
- Animal is not tagged
- Animal is not registered
- Animal movement not recorded
- Animal movement not confirmed
- Animal death or missing animal is not recorded
How do I know if I'm breaking the rules?
OSPRI will contact you if you haven’t kept up with your NAIT obligations. This could be by email, phone or post, depending on how best we can get hold of you. Sometimes we’ll also send you a ‘NAIT nudge’ to let you know that you haven’t completed an action in the NAIT system.
Receiving ‘action required’ notification emails from us is an easy way to stay on top of your obligations. These tell you when there is something you need to do in the NAIT system. To ensure you don’t miss out on any important news from us, make sure 'firstname.lastname@example.org' is in your address book and that you read these emails. Find out how to change your email settings.
If you don’t have an email address or think details like your email address or phone number aren’t up to date, you can check your NAIT account, or give us a shout on 0800 624 843 to get up to date.
What happens if I don’t play by the rules?
At OSPRI our goal is to get everybody on board with NAIT so that you, your community and New Zealand can reap the benefits of tighter disease control and continued access to export markets.
The first step in our approach to getting NAIT working for everyone is to work with farmers, educating them on their obligations and helping them to meet them. The information collected by NAIT allows OSPRI to identify people who aren't playing by the rules, so if you aren't doing your bit we will let you know where you’re falling short and offer a hand to get you back on track.
However sometimes people just don’t want to play by the rules. This jeopardizes the effort put in by other farmers throughout the country - it also breaks the law. If we've spoken to you a number of times and you continue to ignore your NAIT obligations, your case may be escalated to MPI who may seek to recover infringement fees in the first instance. In some cases MPI may take legal action against repeat offenders.