Cattle requirements

NAIT requirements for cattle are the same for every farmer and include:

  • breeding
  • finishing
  • dairy grazing
  • calf rearing, and
  • private sales.

The main requirements are explained below, along with where you can get help.

Tag your animals

Tag newborn cattle with a white NAIT approved ear tag before they are six months old or before they move off farm - whichever is soonest.

Exemptions to the tagging requirement include:

  • cattle born before 1 July 2012 have three years in which to be tagged, unless they move off farm
  • calves less than 30 days old going direct to a meat processor (bobby calves), with a direct to slaughter tag issued by the meat processor, do not need a NAIT tag, and
  • cattle which are considered too dangerous to tag do not need a NAIT tag if they are going directly to a meat processor and already have an AHB bar-coded primary tag (a levy of $13 per head excluding GST applies to these animals).

You still need a NAIT number even if a tagging exemption applies to your animals.

Read more about animal tagging requirements

Register your animals

Register your animals in the NAIT system within one week of being tagged or before they move off farm - whichever is sooner. Registration links individual animals to tags in the NAIT system so they can be traced.

Read more about registering your animals

Record and confirm animal movements

When you move animals off farm or receive them on to your farm, you need to either record the sending movement or confirm you have received the animals in the NAIT system. This includes movements for private sales, grazing stock and service bulls.

If you send animals to a NAIT accredited sale yard or meat processor, they will record the sending movement for you. You don't need to record this yourself. However, if you receive animals from a NAIT accredited sale yard, you must confirm you have received them.

Read more about animal movements

Need help?

If you need help understanding or meeting your NAIT requirements you can:

  • call us on 0800 624 843 or email us at info@nait.co.nz
  • assign a PICA delegate to act on your behalf, or
  • use a NAIT accredited information provider to act on your behalf.

Read more about PICA delegates
Find a local NAIT accredited information provider