Registration and transfer of livestock brands (horse, cattle, cattle earmark, symbol brands, pig, goats, sheep and sheep earmark) - Queensland


You are required to obtain this registration in the following circumstances:

Registration of horse and cattle brand:

  • Cattle must be branded to be sold once they are over 100 kg live weight. All brands must be registered in the user's name and at the nominated properties prior to use.

  • 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:

  • Earmarking of cattle is optional.

  • Earmarks must be registered in association with the applicant's current registered three-piece brand.

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:

  • Pigs must be tattooed before sale in Queensland. Tattoos will be registered to owners for use on nominated holdings.

  • Exemptions exist if the owner owns 2 or fewer pigs, if the pig is under 30kg live weight or if a branded pig is resold within 7 days.

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. 

Service type


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


This registration remains in effect as long as you continue to comply with the requirements of the Brands Act 1915.


Check fees under the Brands Act 1915

Other resources

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

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Registrar of Brands

Licensing and Transaction Unit

Biosecurity Queensland

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Mailing address: GPO Box 46
Queensland 4001
Phone: 07 3404 6999
Phone: 13 25 23
Fax: 07 3087 8328
Website: Branding information (Opens in new window)