Brand and identify livestock
National Livestock Identification System in the NT
The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) is Australia's system for identifying and tracing livestock for food safety, product integrity and market access purposes.
It is a permanent whole-of-life identification system that allows individual animals to be traced from the property of birth to slaughter or export.
In the Northern Territory (NT) all cattle, buffalo, sheep and goats must have an approved NLIS device attached to their right ear before they are moved off a property regardless of where they are going.
For more information or to register your property or stock go to the NLIS website.
Order forms for NLIS tags
There are different tags for cattle and buffalo, and sheep and goats. To work out which tags you need to order, get the guide to ordering NLIS devices.
Livestock owners are responsible for buying devices from commercial suppliers. Use the order forms below to order the appropriate devices from your preferred supplier.
When stock can be moved without an NLIS tag
You can apply to the registrar to move untagged stock in the following circumstances:
- natural disasters, including cyclone, flood or fire - when livestock have been forced to move from their original property and need to be moved back home or to another property to avoid stock losses
- to return stray cattle from a neighbouring property
- when a small number of feral cattle have been missed in a tagging operation - the receiving property must tag the animals when they arrive with a post-breeder tag rather than a property of origin tag.
Permission will not be granted in the following circumstances:
- not enough time to organise devices or tags
- lack of equipment or staff
- poor infrastructure
- not enough time allowed for tagging.
Apply for permission
To apply for permission to move stock without NLIS tags, fill in the application to move livestock form.
Send it to the registrar by fax on (08) 8999 2024 or email to email@example.com. Contact details are also on the form.
In an emergency, contact the registrar on (08) 8999 2031 or 0401 112 031.
Information for NT livestock owners
Although the NLIS is a national system, the following set of guides about how the system operates in the NT has been developed for local producers.
|Topic||Word version||PDF version|
Sending and receiving cattle
|Getting started with NLIS||Getting started with NLIS|
Devices and tags which have been approved for use on livestock in the NT
Correct place to put a tag in the off-side - RHS- ear
How to open an NLIS account
What to do when agistment cattle leave a property
Information for smallholders with cattle
|How to manage the NLIS for cattle unloaded at a trucking or dip yard for any period of time and for any purpose||NLIS for trucking yards and dip yards||NLIS for trucking yards and dip yards|
|NLIS for live export cattle||NLIS live export cattle||NLIS live export cattle|
Requirements for NT abattoirs
|NLIS for NT abattoirs||NLIS for NT abattoirs|
|NLIS responsibilities for the owner of a showground or rodeo ground||NLIS for shows, rodeos, sporting events||NLIS for shows, rodeos, sporting events|
|How the NLIS applies to NT buffalo industry||NLIS for buffalo in the NT||NLIS for buffalo in the NT|
For assistance with the NLIS database contact the database helpdesk on:
For NLIS contacts in other states get the interstate contact information fact sheet.
For help with NLIS issues in the NT contact the principal livestock regulatory officer and registrar or the livestock officer at Animal Biosecurity in your region.
Last updated: 04 February 2020
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