The following outlines what you must do if you wish to buy or sell cattle.
1. NLIS TagsAll cattle must be correctly identified with a NLIS tag before leaving a property.If
you have a PIC number (e.g. MABC1234) and are already registered for NLIS
tags please order tags from your local rural agent store or any online
There is an exemption in place for bobby calves identified with a Bobby Calf Tag being sold for immediate slaughter.WH&S Issues
it is an Work Health & Safety issue to safely NLIS identify
cattle before leaving a property there are two alternatives:
1. Apply to the Registrar of Brands (see contact details below) to move the cattle to a site where there are facilities to safely identify the cattle using your NLIS devices.
2. Apply for a permit to move
unidentified cattle. The approved permit must accompany the cattle and the NVD
in transit from the property to the destination. Please ensure that the
abattoir will accept the stock for slaughter under the permit before applying
for the permit. Application forms are available on line.
2. Transaction Tags (Tail Tags)(Only applies in certain circumstances.)
NLIS-identified HGP-free cattle are exempt from Transaction Tags (Tail
Tags) in Tasmania. This means that Transaction Tags will still be
required in the following circumstances:
- Cattle from interstate that have been treated with HGPs or those with unknown status must be identified with a yellow Tail Tag.
- Bobby calves consigned for immediate slaughter must be identified with a Bobby Calf Tag.
- The EU Cattle Accreditation Scheme (EUCAS). As of the 1st of September 2014 lime green tail tags are no longer required. Contact the EUCAS Helpline 1800 305 544 if you have any questions regarding this requirement.
3. Vendor Declaration
Whenever cattle are sold or moved to another property with a different PIC a Vendor Declaration
must be provided to the person in charge of the stock at the destination property. This applies for any change of ownership.
Both parties are to keep a copy for a minimum of 2 years.
4. Recording the Movement on the NLIS Database
between properties must be recorded on the NLIS database by the person
responsible for the cattle on the new property (usually the purchaser).
See Transferring Cattle
for more information.
the cattle have been purchased through a saleyard then the saleyard is
responsible for recording the transfer. In this instance the purchaser
must provide the saleyard with the Property Identification Code (PIC) of
the property the cattle are being moved to.
5. Purchasers to Provide PIC
If you are buying cattle make sure you provide the saleyard or vendor with the Property Identification Code (PIC)
of the property the cattle are to be moved to.
6. How do I obtain cattle tags?
Accredited NLIS tags for cattle can be purchased through a local rural merchandising store.
For more details see NLIS for Cattle