You will require this registration if you intend have a brand or tag on livestock that marks your ownership. A brand or tag can be an earmark, body brand, body tag or tattoo. Livestock includes cattle, sheep, pigs and horses.
Livestock identification is essential for enabling livestock to be traced. This delivers food safety assurances for customers and consumers, and protects the livestock industry from damage caused by diseases.
As the person in charge of livestock you are obliged to:
- Brand cattle and sheep with a registered earmark the age of 6 months; and
- Tattoo the shoulder of all pigs over 10 weeks of age with a registered body tattoo within 7 days of that animal leaving your property for sale or slaughter.
The use of body branding for sheep, cattle and horses and body tags for cattle is optional, however if used they must be registered.
Please note there are specifications for the design and dimensions of earmarks, body brands, body tags and tattoos.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.