Deer requirements

NAIT requirements for deer are the same for every farmer. The main requirements are explained below as well as where you can find more help.

Tag your animals

Tag newborn deer with an orange NAIT approved ear tag before they are six months old or before they move off farm - whichever is soonest.

You do not need to tag:

  • trophy stags that are going to a game estate, safari park or zoo
  • fallow deer, or
  • deer which are considered too dangerous to 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).

If you have trophy stags or fallow deer, you must still be registered with NAIT, tell NAIT how many of these animals are on your property and update this number annually.

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 soonest. 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.

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