The Ministry for Primary Industries has opened public consultation for feedback on proposed changes to the NAIT Act 2012 and regulations.
The animal tracing and identification system became mired in controversy earlier this year when the spread of Mycoplasma Bovis exposed apparent flaws in its operation.
Criticisms were directed toward its user-difficulty, with many farmers saying they found it ‘clunky’ to use and non-intuitive. This, combined with lax enforcement, contributed to widespread farmer non-compliance at a time when tracking and monitoring cattle was vital.
The proposed changes, contained in a consultation document released yesterday by MPI, include a prohibition of transporting untagged animals, mandatory declaration of non-NAIT species once per year, and an enforced segregation of untagged animals before they are tagged or returned.
Consultations on the paper close December 19.
For more on the proposed changes to NAIT, and access to the consultation document, click here.