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Editorial: Compulsory Electronic Tagging of Cattle Goes Live in NZ

This Sunday, 1 July, the mandatory National Animal Identification and Tracing (Nait) scheme for cattle in New Zealand will be implemented. Deer will follow in March 2013.

Support for the scheme has split the industry, and provided quite a controversy over recent years. Anders Crofoot, Federated Farmers Board says that the group has always opposed a mandatory scheme.

Mr Crofoot said Federated Farmers has accepted Nait is going live and the group is aiming now to make the roll-out as easy as possible for farmers.

One of its main concerns has been the cost, with farmers having to pay about NZ$2 or NZ$3 more for Nait-compliant ear tags than for the current non-electronic tags.

How ready the cattle industry is, is still unknown. Nait Ltd Chief Executive Russell Burnard says that more than 30,000 cattle and deer farmers have signed up for the scheme.

However, it is unknown exactly how many people will need to register.

It appears that the first point of enforcement will be at the meatworks but animals will also be checked at saleyards.

“This behaviour change will take time to achieve. The introduction of cattle to the scheme on 1 July marks the beginning of a transition period and we are committed to working with farmers and industry to help them meet their Nait obligations,” Mr Burnard said.

The Nait scheme links individual animals to the person responsible for them, and their current location via the animal’s radio frequency identification device (RFID) ear tag and a central database. As a web-based scheme it will enable animal movement information to be updated and accessed much quicker than the current paper-based system.

"Lifetime animal traceability is an asset that New Zealand can leverage as part of its international reputation for producing food to the highest standards. It is also an opportunity for farmers to increase productivity by identifying superior animals," says Primary Industries Minister David Carter.

“In the case of a biosecurity outbreak affecting livestock, NAIT will enable a quick and efficient response reducing the impact on the agriculture sector and the entire New Zealand economy.”

Nait was established eight years ago as a partnership between the industry and the government in recognition of the need for better animal identification and tracing.

Producers must register with Nait, tag and register their stock and record animal movements on and off farm.

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Individual Factors Associated with L- and H-Type BSE in France
In what they believe is the first study of atypical cases of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in France, researchers based in Lyon found that the cases were detected in animals much older than for the classical form of the disease. There was a significant geographical cluster in central France for one of the atypical forms although this may have been due to the BSE testing scheme in place.
High Feed Prices, Low Milk Prices - What Can You Do?
Current economic conditions are causing intense frustration throughout the dairy industry, writes Bob James, Extension Dairy Scientist, Virginia University.
Managing Personnel for Milking Parlours on Large Herds
This factsheet from the University of Arizona looks at the importance of labour in the parlour.
Keeping Cows Cool, Where do I Start?
Heat stress occurs when a dairy cow’s heat load is greater than her capacity to lose heat. Heat stress effects include: increased respiration rate, increased water intake, increased sweating, decrease in dry matter intake, slower rate of feed passage, blood flow to internal organs, milk production and poor reproductive performance, writes JF Smith, JP Harner and MJ Brouk from Kansas University.
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* Company News

Exploiting Natural Defences of Farm Animals to Control Infectious Diseases
NETHERLANDS - Pfizer announced the launch of a new Public-Private partnership research program, ALTANT - ASIA in collaboration with leading scientists in the Netherlands, seeking to develop alternative strategies to protect farm animals from infectious disease by minimising the likelihood of inducing antibiotic resistance.
MSD Presents Results of Vaccine Against Schmallenberg Virus
NETHERLANDS - MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the United States and Canada) announces the successful development of a candidate vaccine against the Schmallenberg virus. Immediately after the first cases appeared at the end of 2011, MSD Animal Health started the emergency development program.
* Global Dairy Cattle Industry News

   France

 » Energy Costs Savings of Spray Drying Dairy Products

   New Zealand

 » Trading Among Farmers Get Go Ahead
 » Mandatory Electronic Cattle ID Goes Live

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   European Union

 » Welfare Campaign for Dairy Cattle Launched
 » Auditors Organic Report - a Model for EU Regulation?
 » Arla Says Yes to Mergers

   United Kingdom

 » Badger Cull Heard in Court
 » Growth for Scottish Dairy Sector
 » NFUS Board Set for Supermarket Sweep
 » Milk Buyers Warned Against Price Cuts
 » Wiseman Price Cut Stuns Dairy Producers

   Australia

 » New Era for Dairy Genomics
 » Senate Calls for New Agricultural Body
 » Dairy Australia Increases R&D Funding
 » Milk Processor Bans Permeate in Milk
 » Managing Phosphorus on Grassland
 » Carbon Tax will Increase Farm Costs by A$3.2 billion

   United States

 » Crucial Dairy Policy Reforms Welcomed in Farm Bill
 » CME: Total on Feed Supplies Up from a Year Ago
 » Warm Weather Brings Disease Risk
 » Antimicrobials that Destroy Bacteria, Solve Resistance
 » CME: Crop Condition Ratings Not as Bad as Expected
 » Weekly Roberts Market Report
 » $140 Million Settlement Agreed in Dean Antitrust Case
 » CME: Livestock and Poultry Reports to be Released
 » Controlling Insects, Rodents for Healthy Livestock
 » New CFO and CAFO Rules Mean Operational Changes
 » Industry Discourages Superfund Manure Regulation
 » Organic Compounds Eliminate Disease Pathogens
 » CME: Corn Balance Sheet Could be Minimal/Negative

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   Ireland

 » Delayed Silage Harvest Will Cost Farmers
 » Sustainability Development Programme for Irish Food
 » Value of Irish Agriculture Rises

   Global

 » Commissioner Calls for Sustainable Agriculture
 » No Farmers, No Food, No Future
 » EU Signs Trade Agreement with Colombia, Peru
 » EU-Viet Nam in Free Trade Negotiations

   Egypt

 » Egypt Reports FMD Outbreaks

   Thailand

 » FMD NEWS: FAO and OIE Unveil Global Strategy
 » FAO and OIE Unveil Global Strategy for FMD Control

   China

 » World-Class Dairy Institute Launch in China

   Brazil

 » Disease Eradication Project Model for Nation

   Chile

 » Chile Launches Livestock Insurance Scheme



That's all for this week!

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