There are rules you must follow for identifying and moving buffalo and related livestock into, around and out of the Northern Territory (NT).
Property identification code
You must have an NT property identification code (PIC) if you keep buffalo, regardless of the size of your property, the number you have, or if they are pets.
Read how to get a PIC for your property.
Identifying and branding animals
Buffaloes must be identified under the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) before they are moved from their property of origin.
Buffalo can be fitted with a radio-frequency identification (RFID) device to track their movements.
The owner of the property of origin is responsible for making sure all animals are fitted with RFID.
The PIC of origin and destination will be reported in the NLIS database. This is the responsibility of the owner at the place of destination.
Before moving buffalo you can attach a transaction tag with serial number to their ear.
The tag should include a PIC of the property where it was applied.
The serial numbers will be recorded on the waybill.
The tags must remain in the ear of the buffalo. For further movements another tag will need to be applied.
Buffaloes do not need branding by law in the NT.
The owner can use an NT-registered brand if they choose but this is not essential.
There are rules for moving buffalo around, into, out of, and through the NT.
You must be aware of and comply with the rules so that livestock are moved according to disease control and animal welfare requirements.
Read more about livestock welfare and land transport standards.
To find out more about rules for buffalo contact a livestock biosecurity officer.
You can get NT Government publications about diseases, treatment and general management of buffalo.
They are provided as general information only and you should get specific professional advice for your particular situation.
The NT Government are not responsible for any loss, expense, damage or injury that results from using this information.
The publications listed below and other information can be accessed through the Department of Primary Industry and Resources' online publications library.
Buffalo diseases and treatments
Abattoir traceback - cattle granulomas
Acaricide (chemical) resistance in cattle ticks
Obstructive urolithiasis (bladder stones) in cattle
Chemical products available for the control of buffalo fly
Cattle feeding restrictions to prevent mad cow disease
Three-day sickness or ephemeral fever
The Australian water buffalo manual
Breaking in water buffalo to lead
Water buffalo handling: general principles
Water buffalo handling: on-farm considerations
Water buffalo handling: transport to the abattoir
Management of orphaned or weaned buffalo calves
Weaning water buffalo calves
Water buffalo farming in southern Australia
TenderBuff guidelines for production
Management of Australian water buffalo in South East Asian cattle feedlots - English
Management of Australian water buffalo in South East Asian cattle feedlots - Vietnamese
Last updated: 04 February 2020
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