You are required to obtain this registration in the following circumstances:
Registration of horse and cattle brand:
Branding exemptions may apply for registered stud cattle sold at registered stud society sales.
Branding of horses is optional.
There are two types of horse and cattle brands; three piece and symbol brands.
Registration of cattle earmark:
Registration of symbol brand:
A symbol brand is not compulsory.
A symbol brand may only be registered in conjunction with a three-piece horse and cattle brand. When registered, it may be used in addition to, or instead of, a three-piece horse and cattle brand.
Registration of pig brand:
Registration of sheep brand and/or sheep earmark:
Branding and earmarking of sheep and goats is optional.
Brands and earmarks must be registered in the users name before they can be used.
Fire branding must only be applied to the horns of sheep.
Brand return: Registered brand/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.
The purchase of a property does not result in the automatic transfer of brands or earmarks.
Registered horse and cattle three-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. Cattle earmarks, sheep brands and sheep earmarks are not compulsory, but are proof of ownership.
Further details on branding and earmarks are available in the links in the resources section below.