Branding cattle and horses is a clear way of identifying ownership of stock, and can also play an important role in disease control programs and chemical residue trace back programs. This is important to both consumers and producers, to maintain confidence in the safety and integrity of livestock products.
The Northern Territory Livestock Act and Regulations uses a three-letter brand system where one letter must be the letter "T" and a distinctive (symbol) brand system.
In any proceedings, proof that an animal is branded in accordance with the provisions of the Livestock Act with a registered brand is prima facie proof that the animal is the property of the owner of the registered brand.
A brand is registered to a person or company for use on a nominated NT property only.
Under NO circumstances are these brands to be used in any other State or Territory, or on any other property. This means the branding iron can only be used by the registered owner (or their representative) on the registered NT property (as stated on your Branding Certificate/s).
Please ensure you discuss your branding requirements with the Livestock Biosecurity Officer in your Region, prior to submitting application/s.
It is compulsory to brand cattle before they are moved off a property or are sold (unless they are less than 8 months of age).
Brands can be used on horses, buffalo and camel but it is not compulsory.
Submit an Application for 3 Letter Brand for Horses, Cattle and Buffalo to the Registrar, ensuring:
Note only one 3-letter brand can be registered to a particular person or company for use on a specified property.
Submit an Application for Distinctive (Symbol) Brand for Horses and Cattle to the Registrar, ensuring:
Cross branding Cattle/Buffalo after purchase is not mandatory in the NT, however if livestock are not cross branded it provides no legal claim to purchased stock.
Purchased cattle/buffalo need to be cross branded correctly to provide evidence of ownership.
The registered owner of a 3-letter brand and a symbol brand must, within 60 days after receiving the certificate of registration for the brand, give the Registrar an impression of the brand made on linen, canvas, cardboard, leather or other material acceptable to the Registrar. This means once you have had your branding iron made, you must make a physical imprint/impression for inspection by a delegate of the Registrar. The Brand owner/s will then be notified in writing whether imprint meets with the Livestock Act and Regulations. Please note: Certificate of Registration of Brand is not approval of Brand imprint.
The registered owner of a brand commits an offence if the instrument used to apply the brand to livestock does not produce a brand consistent with the design or description in the certificate of registration for the brand. This means once your branding iron is made, if it is different to the design on your Certificate of Registration, then you must advise your Livestock Biosecurity Officer as soon as possible, as you will need to have your design amended in the NT Brands Register.
A 3-Letter Brand must be held before applying for an Earmark. Earmark are not compulsory, they are used to aid identification of Cattle.
Submit an Application for Earmark for Cattle to the Registrar, ensuring:
Brands are not transferred automatically by a property sale or by a will.
When a 3-letter brand is transferred, the distinctive (symbol) brand/s and/or Earmark associated with it are automatically included in the transfer, unless otherwise stated by the registered owner of the Brand.
Examples of when the ownership of a brand should change are:
Submit an Application for Transfer of Brand to the Registrar, ensuring:
08 8999 2146
|Post:||Registrar - Brands
DPIF, GPO Box 3000
Darwin NT 0801
Please note: Fully completed applications are processed within 30 days.
If you are using your Brand on a different property/run (to where it is registered for use on) you MUST complete the Request to Change the Run form.
Note Change of Run is not automatic. Surrounding properties will be checked to ensure the Brand is not similar to neighbouring properties and the brand has been previously registered in the same area.
If you are not the Owner of the property/run, you MUST have the Owner/s of the land complete the Owner's Permission to Use Run form; and
If you have original Certificate/s, please send them in with the above paperwork for amending. Note: All Certificates must be amended (ie Brand Cert, Earmark Cert, Distinctive Cert or Transfer Cert).
If you have lost or misplaced Certificate/s, then a Replacement Certificate must be issued, please complete the payment section on the Request to Change the Run form.
While the sale of a property may include the stock, the brand is not automatically transferred to the new owners.
One of the following options are required to be completed upon sale of a property:
If not registered owner of new property, Owners Permission to Use Run form required.
As soon as practicable after registering a brand or earmark, the Registrar must issue to the registered owner a:
These certificates are official legal documents and it is the registered owners’ responsibility to ensure all information written on the above certificate/s is accurate and abided by, and ensure their safekeeping.
Should the registered owner wish to make any future changes regarding their brand/s or earmark registration (ie change name by marriage, change the run, change the branding or earmark position/s), then the original certificate/s will need to be returned and amended by LISA / Brands Clerk.
If certificate/s are lost or misplaced, then a Replacement Certificate can be issued at a cost.
Owners of brands must give notification to the Registrar in the following events:
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(to use branding iron off registered run)
The Registrar may grant Special Permission to brand cattle (off registered run) for a short period of time (ie calves on agistment, newly purchased etc), which means permission is given to the Registered Owner/s of the Brand to use Branding Iron on another property, very short term.
Registrar will assess Special Permission request and will fax/email authorisation back to registered owner of Brand, owners of temporary run and RLBO.
(to move unbranded cattle)
The Registrar may grant Special Permission to move unbranded cattle. You must discuss with your Livestock Biosecurity Officer to see if your circumstances warrant special permission under Livestock Regulations - Division 2 Offences relating to unbranded cattle – Regulation 58 Owner must not hand over unbranded cattle for travel – authorisation from the Registrar 58(2).
With approximately 1200 brands registered for use in the NT it is vital that all registration details are correct and that all associated information is still current. To ensure this is so, a NT wide audit of brands will commence soon.
The purpose of the audit is to ensure the NT Brands are being used in compliance with the NT Brands Register. For example the registered owner details are accurate, the registered brand is being used on the correct property/run as stated in the NT Brands Register (as stated on your Certificate of Registration etc)
That the registered brand owner is:
Please check your details in the NT Brands Directory.
Livestock Identification Systems Administrator (LISA) / Brands
Postal: Brands GPO Box 3000, Darwin NT 0801 | Location: Goff Letts Building, Berrimah Farm, Berrimah
Phone: 08 8999 2033 | Fax: 08 8999 2146 | E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
If any Brand/s need to be cancelled, ownership changed, run changed or there are questions concerning the Brand/s,
in the first instance, please contact the Livestock Biosecurity Officer in for Region for advice and assistance.
Ph: 08 8999 2034
Ph: 08 8973 9754
Ph: 08 8962 4458
Ph: 08 8951 8125