Registration and transfer of livestock brands - Queensland


You will need this registration to use your own livestock brand or earmark. You must brand or earmark your livestock under the following circumstances:

  • Cattle must be branded to be sold once they are over 100kg live weight. All brands must be registered in the user's name and at the nominated properties prior to use.
  • Pigs of 30kg or more live weight must be tattooed before sale in Queensland. Tattoos will be registered to owners for use on nominated holdings.

The following brands or earmarks are optional, but are used as proof of ownership:

  • branding of horses
  • earmarking of cattle
  • branding and earmarking of sheep and goats
  • symbol branding.

The purchase of a property does not result in the automatic transfer of brands or earmarks.

Registered horse and cattle 3 piece brands and symbol brands can be used anywhere in Queensland providing they don't conflict with neighbour's brands and provided the registered owner notifies the department of any intended change to location.

Pig brands, cattle earmarks, sheep brands and sheep earmarks can only be used in assigned earmark districts.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

Registered brand or earmark owners are required to submit a brand return by the end of January each year. Failure to do so can result in cancellation of the brand or earmark.


This registration remains in effect as long as you continue to comply with the requirements.


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Task Type Business Structure Description
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Transfer process


All registration can be transferred. However, cattle earmarks, pig brands, sheep brands and earmarks can only be transferred provided they remain within the proclaimed district. If outside the district, the brand or earmark is cancelled and a new application must be made.

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Biosecurity Queensland

Licensing and Transaction Unit

Contact details

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