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Tagging Dispensation for Older Cattle Welcomed

Federated Farmers Welcomes Tagging Dispensation for Older Cattle

Federated Farmers' NZ Meat & Fibre Producers Vice-Chairman Steve Anstis has welcomed the Animal Health Board's decision to exempt older cattle (those born before 1 July 1999) going direct to slaughter from the requirement to be tagged with official identification ear tags.

"This is excellent news. Farmers are very concerned about the risks of applying tags to older animals, and it was one of our key concerns in our submission to the Animal Health Board's ID Review," said Mr Anstis.

"While older cattle moving to sale or other farms will still need to be tagged, the dispensation will give farmers a chance to get older cattle out of the system without the risks of having to tag them."

Tagging older cattle, especially those not used to being handled, can be dangerous for both the person applying the tag and the animal. The greatest risk to farmers is getting their hands crushed between the animal and the side of the race.

Farmers should note that all stock over one month of age moving to sale or to another herd will require official tags after 1 July 2001.

"It is encouraging that a common-sense approach has been adopted by the Animal Health Board," concluded Mr Anstis.

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