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Update animals

This file can be used to upload animal detail updates to the NAIT system. This may include if an animal is exported live, or if animal information was entered incorrectly previously.

Your CSV file will need to include all of the column headings, in the correct order. This includes headings for optional columns you are leaving blank.

If any of the optional columns are left blank, this will preserve any existing information that has already been entered. For some columns you can delete previously entered information by entering a certain value.

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Column Heading Format
A NAIT RFID

This is the unique 16 character code that relates to the NAIT tag. This information is provided by tag manufacturers or can be read with a scanner. It does not have to be provided if a NAIT Visual ID is provided. Examples that will be accepted include:

  • 00000 0 982 000196588496
  • 942 000002422333
  • 982 000161531687
  • 0982000190869343
  • 0982 000190869343
The RFID must already be registered to an animal in order to update the animal's details.
B NAIT Visual Tag Number

This is the information printed on the outside of the tag. It does not have to be provided if a NAIT RFID is provided. The number must already be registered to an animal in order to update the animal's details.

Find out how to correctly enter NAIT Visual IDs
C External Record ID You can choose to enter a reference number of your own, e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4. This will make it easier for you to identify which record (row of your spreadsheet) is incorrect if you make a mistake in your CSV.
D Date of Birth

Date information must be in a recognisable format, e.g. dd/mm/yyyy, dd/mm/yyyy hh:mm:ss, yyyy-mm-dd etc.
Please note any time component will not be stored in the database.

The date must be on or before the current date.
If you leave this field blank, the system will retain any previously entered information. If you want to delete previously entered information you can enter 'unknown' or '01/01/0001'.

E NAIT Number of Birthplace

To update, provide a valid NAIT number.

If you leave this field blank, the system will retain any previously entered information. If you want to delete previously entered information you can enter 'unknown'.

F NAIT Number at Current Location Animals can only be updated where they are on the NAIT number of the logged on user, in which case this field can be left blank. A NAIT accredited information provider can update animals for any NAIT number, but they must enter the NAIT number for the animal and animal must be registered to that NAIT number.
G Animal Type

Cattle = C
Deer = D

H Species Type

To update the species type for deer use one of these codes:

European red deer = RD
Elk (Wapiti) = EK
Sambar = SM
Rusa deer (Sundar Samba) = RU
Pere David's deer = PD
European Fallow deer = FD
White-tailed deer = WT
Sika = SK
Mesopotamian = MS

If you leave this field blank, the system will retain any previously entered information.
I Production Type

To update use one of these codes:

Dairy = D
Beef = B
Venison = VE
Velvet = VT
Trophy = TR

If you leave this field blank, the system will retain any previously entered information. If you want to delete previously entered information you can enter 'Null'.
J Gender

To update use one of these codes:

Male = M
Female = F

If you leave this field blank, the system will retain any previously entered information. If you want to delete previously entered information you can enter 'Null' or 'N'.

K - M Other Animal Identifiers 1 - 3

This can be anything you use to identify an animal, e.g. a visual panel tag, a management tag or a name.

Please note if you enter information in any of the three Other Animal Identifier fields, any previously entered information will be removed and replaced with the new information. If you leave all of these fields blank, the system will retain any previously entered information.

If you want to delete previously entered information you can enter 'Null'. Entering 'Null' will clear all previously entered identifiers.
N Export Date

To update, the date must be in a recognisable format as per date of birth. The date must be on or before the current date, and after the date of birth. It cannot be supplied if a date of death is entered.

If you leave this field blank, the system will retain any previously entered information. If you want to delete previously entered information you can enter '01/01/0001'.
O Country of Export

Must be a valid ISO country code. Must be entered if an export date is specified. Must not be entered if no export date has ever been specified or has not been included in the animal update file that is being uploaded.

If you leave this field blank, the system will retain any previously entered information. If you want to delete previously entered information you can enter 'Null'. You must also enter '01/01/0001' into column N.

P Import Date

If present, must be in a recognisable format as per date of birth. It must be on or before the current date, and after the birth date. Must be entered if an import country is specified. Must not be entered if no import country is specified.

If you leave this field blank, the system will retain any previously entered information. If you want to delete previously entered information you can enter '01/01/0001'. You must also enter 'Null' into column O.
Q Import Country of Origin

Must be a valid ISO country code. Must be entered if an import date is specified. Must not be entered if no import date is specified.

If you leave this field blank, the system will retain any previously entered information. If you want to delete previously entered information you can enter 'Null'. You must also enter '01/01/0001' into column N.
R Missing Date

To update, provide the missing date in a recognisable format as per date of birth. The date must be on or before the current date, and after the date of birth.

If you leave this field blank, the system will retain any previously entered information.
S Found Date

To update, provide the found date in a recognisable format as per date of birth. The date must be on or before the current date, and after the date of birth.

Can only be supplied if missing date is supplied, and must be after the missing date.

If you leave this field blank, the system will retain any previously entered information.
T - X Livestock Characteristc Type 1 - 5 Can only be updated by an authorised user. To add details for a cloned or genetically modified animal, please call the NAIT Contact Centre on 0800 624 843.
Y Slaughter

To update use:

Animal slaughtered = True
Animal died but not slaughtered = False

This must be entered if a date of death is supplied. If you leave this field blank, the system will retain any previously entered information, but only if the Date of Death and Disposal Method fields are also left blank.
Z Date of Death

To update, provide the date of death in a recognisable format as per date of birth. The date must be on or before the current date, and after the date of birth. It cannot be supplied if export date is supplied.

If you leave this field blank, the system will retain any previously entered information, but only if the Slaughter and Disposal Method fields are also left blank.

If you want to delete previously entered information you can enter '01/01/0001'. This will also clear any slaughter, disposal method, and carcase disease status information and set the animal to active.
AA Disposal Method

If slaughter is true use one of these codes:

Home kill = A
Carcase disposed of at your farm = B
Meat processor for human consumption = C
Meat processor for pet food = D
Animal rendering facility = E

If slaughter is false use one of these codes:

Disposed at NAIT location = B
Animal rendering facility = E

This must be supplied if a date of death is entered. It must match one of the values in the NAIT system depending on whether slaughter is true of false.

If you leave this field blank, the system will retain any previously entered information, but only if Date of Death and Slaughter fields are also left blank.
AB - AY Carcase Disease Status 1 - 24

This can only be supplied if date of death is supplied. Use one of these codes:

Contam = CON
Bruising (Fore) = BRF
Bruising (Middle) = BRM
Bruising (Hind) = BRH
Wound = WND
Egran = EGR
Peritonitis = PER
Pleurisy = PLE
ISL = ISL
Sarco = SAR
Pyogenic = PYO
Arthritis = ART
Septicaemia = SEP
Emaciated = EMA
Zantho = XAN
Neoplasm = NEO
Facial Eczema = FEX
Tuberculosis = TUB
Condem = CDM
Actino = ACT
Colour = COL
Bad Innoc = BIN
Liver Fluke = LFL
Johnes = JOH
No Defect = NOD

Please note if you enter information in any of the Carcase Disease Status fields, any previously entered information will be removed and replaced with the new information. If you leave all of these fields blank and the status of the animal is dead, the system will retain any previously entered information.

If you want to delete previously entered information you can enter 'Null'. Entering 'Null' will clear all previously entered identifiers.