Farmers are upping their on-farm biosecurity by making greater use of the National Animal Identification and Tracing scheme, Biosecurity Minister Damien O'Connor said.
"The Government has been making changes to ensure NAIT is easier to use and a more effective biosecurity tool following its poor performance during the Mycoplasma Bovis outbreak," Damien O'Connor said.
"While hundreds of warning letters and more than 70 fines have been issued for those breaking the rules, thousands of farmers have upped their game.
"While they will chiefly offer a hand to those who need help to meet their obligations, they will be penalising those breaking the rules.
"I want to thank everyone who has improved their record keeping on the farm and encourage them to continue to use NAIT consistently as not just a biosecurity tool, but an essential part of the business.
"I also thank those helping strengthen the NAIT system by having their say on MPI's regulatory consultation – drop into the stand if you have questions," Damien O'Connor said.
Biosecurity New Zealand is checking that all stock at the show is NAIT compliant.
(With Inputs from New Zealand Government Press Release)