Discussion Document: Regulations to Implement the National Animal Identification and Tracing Act (when passed)

New Zealand needs to have world-recognised animal identification and tracing systems. Lifetime identification and traceability of livestock is becoming increasingly important for trade and market access, management of livestock diseases and providing assurance to consumers that their food is safe and of the highest quality.

The livestock industry and government have been working together to deliver the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) scheme following approval in January 2010. In support of the NAIT scheme, A National Animal identification and Tracing Bill is currently going through the Primary Production Select Committee for passing in 2011.

Further information on NAIT can also be found at:


Last Updated: 22 June 2011

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