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The NAIT scheme is set to become mandatory for cattle in July 2012 and for deer in March 2013. These dates also mark when the levies are set to become mandatory.

The NAIT legislation, currently before Parliament, requires the cost of running the NAIT scheme to be recovered.

The Government is funding the building of the NAIT database and a proportion of the scheme’s ongoing operational costs. The balance of ongoing operational costs will come from the industry through levies on cattle and deer farmers.

NAIT Limited has developed a cost recovery model in consultation with its industry shareholders (Beef+Lamb New Zealand, DairyNZ, Deer Industry New Zealand) that seeks to recover the industry’s share of costs for delivering NAIT.

After considering a number of options, levies on tags and slaughter are proposed for cattle. Based on NAIT Limited’s projected costs, the proposed levy for cattle will be about $2.50 over the lifetime of the animal.

With deer, NAIT Limited has followed Deer Industry New Zealand’s (DINZ) wishes and proposes that DINZ pays a collective contribution. This mirrors the deer industry’s current contribution to the Tb control programme.

Consultation closes at 5pm Friday 23 December.

If you would like to participate in the consultation, please click here to view the consultation document.

The cattle levies are set to come into effect on 1 July 2012 subject to the NAIT Bill passing early in 2012. Because the original NAIT scheme start date was 1 July 2012, an interim royalty fee on white NAIT-approved radio identification frequency device (RFID) tag purchases will be introduced from 1 January to 30 June 2012 to cover the costs for the additional development period. Click here for more information.


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