[19 July / Rural News]

OSPRI is reminding farmers that they must register their newborn calves in the NAIT online system. Head of NAIT, Kevin Forward says that many farmers just tag their calves but that is not enough. Farmers who register through LIC, CRV or Farm IQ must ensure their registration is also synced to their NAIT account before the animals leave the farm. Forward says that with the recent M.bovis spread, traceability is more important than ever for biosecurity. Not registering the tags to the NAIT system impacts the ability to respond to a biosecurity threat. The management and movement of calves is especially important with about 1. 5 million calves reared annually in NZ. Lifestyle farmers who rear calves are not exempt and must tag and register their calves even if only one animal is on their property.