As you might already be aware the NAIT (national animal identification and tracing) scheme comes into place on 1 July 2012. The scheme requires all cattle and deer to be tagged with an electronic ear tag.
“The NAIT scheme will link people, property and animals. It will be used in the event of a bio security outbreak, to quickly identify which animals have been in contact with the effected animals and where they are from, it’s all about safeguarding our New Zealand brand and farmers’ income.”
(sourced from: ) http://www.nait.co.nz
If you are in charge of cattle or deer, even if you only have one animal, you will need to:
You can register yourself online by going to the NAIT site:
The electronic tag can also be used to make your farming more efficient, using a stick or panel reader you can electronically record weights and other information making stock management easy. Simply scan the tag as the animal approaches your weighing platform and the weight is automatically recorded on your scales, not more pens and paper, then download the information to your computer.
Check out these readers they work great: http://www.tru-est.com/new/EID_readers.asp?Country=New%20Zealand
For more information check out the NAIT website http://www.nait.co.nz
Or this video http://vimeo.com/jetproductions/nait
DIY advice for lifestylers, written by Kiwi Cattle Yards owner, Euan Seymour.