Due to significant numbers of applications being received, fully completed applications will be processed within 100 working days of being received by Licensing Transaction Unit. Fully completed applications will be processed in the order received.
Incomplete applications will be returned for completion and will need to be resubmitted.
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
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.
- Transfer your brand or earmark
- Offences relating to brands and earmarks
Check the current fees for brand applications
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