Branding and Tagging Registration - Tasmania


You will need this registration if you intend to have a livestock identifier that marks your ownership. Livestock include cattle, sheep, horses and pigs. A livestock identifier can be:

  • a body brand (cattle, sheep and horses)
  • an ear mark (cattle and sheep)
  • a management tag (cattle)
  • a tattoo (pigs).

Livestock identification is essential for enabling livestock to be traced. Traceability delivers food safety assurances for customers and consumers, and is critical in the management of emergency livestock disease responses.

As the person in charge of livestock you are obliged to:

  • brand cattle and sheep with a registered earmark the age of 6 months
  • 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, management tags and tattoos.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

You will need to have the design approved to be eligible for this registration.


Designs remain valid until they are transferred.


All brands, earmarks and tattoo's are registered to a person for life and can be transferred to another party upon application or de-registered if requested by the owner.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $48.06

Fees for 2023-24

General Duplicate Certificate All $16.02

Fees for 2023-24

Act(s) name

Animal (Brands and Movement) Act 1984 Tasmania

Regulation(s) name

Animal (Brands and Movement) Regulations 2014 Tasmania

Approval time

30 business days

Administering agency

Department of Natural Resources and Environment


Animal Industries

Contact details

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