[20 October/Stuff]

Farmers are failing to comply with the law over tagging livestock, raising questions over how effectively officials have been able to halt the spread of the disease Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) director-general Martyn Dunne said at a conference this week that the Mycoplasma response showed a very disappointing compliance by farmers to the tagging system NAIT. NAIT refers to the national animal identification and tracing scheme which gives an animal’s location, movements in its life, and contact details for the person in charge of that animal. It is compulsory, with fines up to $10,000 for people who do not comply.