Due to the high volume of brand applications, the current timeframe for processing applications is 45 working days. Applications are processed in the order they are received unless a request for urgent processing is included with the application. Please ensure that the application is fully completed to avoid delays.
Brands and earmarks are used to prove ownership of livestock. They are only compulsory for cattle and pigs when they are being sold. However they are recommended to avoid ownership disputes over stray animals.
Forms and fact sheets
Registration application, transfer application, brands return, change of details and cancellation forms
Offences relating to brands and earmarks
A list of offences relating to branding and earmarking under the Brands Act
Transfer your brand or earmark
What you need to do to transfer your brand or earmark, depending on the type of animal
Contact details to discuss branding and earmarking issues
If you own livestock with a registered brand or earmark you must complete a brands return form every year.
Use this database to submit brands returns, search for owners of brands/earmarks if you find stray livestock or search for brands available for registration
Branding and earmarking animals
Branding and earmarking horses, cattle, sheep, goats and pigs, brand and earmark manufacturers, common cross-branding errors and how to fix them