Anyone running deer and/or cattle on their land (even if it is just one animal) has obligations under the TB control programme. The following “responsibility code” has been developed to help you meet those obligations.
Farmer's responsibility code
- The location and ownership of every cattle or deer herd must be registered with the Animal Health Board (AHB). Keep your herd details up-to-date and advise the AHB if you buy, sell or move your herd.
- Even if you have only one animal, that’s considered a herd and must be registered as such.
- Cattle or deer must be correctly identified with NAIT-approved ear tags. See more here
- If you’re moving cattle or deer out of your herd they must be accompanied by a correctly completed ASD form.
- If your herd is located in a Movement Control Area, or some of your herd has tested positive for TB, make sure you understand and comply with the requirements for pre-movement tests before moving stock off the property.
- Before you purchase or graze cattle or deer, check they have NAIT-approved ear tags and an accompanying ASD form.
- When routine tests for TB are arranged for your herd, make sure you present all animals eligible for TB testing and that your yards are safe and suitable for testing to be carried out.
- If your property is within an AHB vector control operational area, please co-operate with the AHB’s control and monitoring contractors.