Register a three-letter brand

You must brand all Northern Territory (NT) cattle more than eight months old before they are moved off a property. 

You can also brand horses, buffalo and camels, but it's not compulsory.

Only one three-letter brand can be registered to a particular person or company for use on a property.

Before you apply

Discuss your branding needs with the livestock biosecurity officer in your region before you apply for a brand.

Get the list of available three-letter brands (159.5 kb).

You will need to choose three alternatives when you make your application.

Before you apply to register a brand, check to make sure you meet all of the following conditions:

  • you are more than 18 years old
  • you have the legal description details for the property the brand will be used on
  • you are the registered owner of the property or have the property owner's permission.

If you are not the registered owner of the land, you must fill in the owner's permission to use run form (409.2 kb).

All registered owners of the land must sign the form.

Submit the form to the livestock identification systems administrator at Animal Biosecurity.

You will need further documentation if applying to use a brand on land owned by an Aboriginal Land Trust. Get the brands for use on Aboriginal land trust land fact sheet (53.0 kb).

How to apply

Follow these steps to register a three-letter brand:

Step 1. Fill in the application for a three-letter brand for horses, cattle and buffalo (50.6 kb).
Step 2. Include the three choices for your brand in order of preference.
Step 3. Specify what type of animals will be branded and where on the animal the brand will be applied.
Step 4. Pay the fee. Attach a cheque made out to the Receiver of Territory Monies or fill in the credit card charge details on the form.
Step 5. Submit the form by post or fax using the following details:

Brands Registrar
Department of Primary Industry and Resources
GPO Box 3000
Darwin NT 0801 
Fax: (08) 8999 2146

Construction and size of three-letter branding iron

The branding iron must meet all the following specifications:

  • all three letters must be constructed as a single unit on one handle
  • each letter must be 4cm to 8cm high and 4cm to 8cm wide
  • the imprint/contact surface of the iron is to be between 3mm and 4mm wide 
  • the letters must be a clean-joined typeface and not a fancy or broken typeface.

To make sure the brand is clear, keep any adjacent lines at least 20mm apart to avoid blotching.

For more information read the branding iron requirement fact sheet (111.6 kb).

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Last updated: 13 July 2017