Livestock Identification

To buy, sell or move livestock from one property to another or for slaughter, animals must be properly identified. Livestock identification allows animals to be traced back to where they have come from or to where they may have been moved in the event of a disease outbreak or chemical contamination.

If you have a PIC number (e.g. MABC1234) and are already registered for NLIS tags please order from your local rural agent store or any online company.

In this Topic

  • About Livestock Identification
    Livestock identification and traceback are essential part of ensuring food safety. Find out what you need to do when buying or selling livestock.
  • Buying & Selling Cattle
    What you need to do if you wish to buy or sell cattle.
  • Buying & Selling Sheep and Goats
    What you must do if you wish to buy or sell sheep or goats,
  • Buying and Selling Pigs
    What you need to do if you wish to buy or sell pigs.
  • Livestock Identification Forms
    Commonly requested forms used in livestock identification
  • Vendor Declarations
    A vendor declaration is now required by legislation to be supplied to the receiver of the stock for all transactions involving cattle, sheep,pigs or goats.
  • Brands, Earmarks & Tattoos
    The Animal (Brands and Movement) Act 1984 requires compulsory body tattooing of pigs over 10 weeks of age before being sent for sale or slaughter, and provides for the registration of earmarks, bodybrands and tags for sheep and cattle.
  • Hobby Farmers and the NLIS
    A fact sheet for smallholders and hobby farmers on how to comply with the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS).

‚ÄčIn addition to Vendor Declarations, a Health Statement (available from the Animal Health Australia Farm Biosecurity website) may be required by legislation, the purchaser or person in-charge of the destination property. These Health Statements provide specific biosecurity information about the animals being moved for sale, agistment or other reasons.

Contact

Registrar of Animal Brands
Andrea Clark
Product Integrity Branch
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 3240
Fax: 03 6233 3843
Email: Andrea.Clark@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

NLIS Forms and Requests
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 1300 368 550
Fax: 03 6233 3843
Email: nlis.tas@dpipwe.tas.gov.au