Kiwi farmers have signed up in their droves for the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) scheme ahead of its compulsory introduction on 1 July.
More than 30,000 cattle and deer farmers have joined the scheme aimed to provide traceability of individual animals.
The scheme will become mandatory on Sunday for beef farmers, with deer joining the mix on 1 March 2013.
NAIT chief executive Russell Burnard says he’s pleased with the response from farmers.
“The number of registrations shows a lot of people want to be ready to go from day one. We expect this will continue to rise as people register before moving animals,” Burnard says.
Farmers who haven’t registered with NAIT are encouraged to do so at www.nait.co.nz