Branding and earmarking

COVID-19: Branding and earmarking submissions

Due to the Covid-19 lockdown there are some changes to the brands application process:

  • All brand and earmark applications, must be emailed to For security reasons, credit card details must not be entered on application form.
  • Once the application form is received, licensing and transaction staff will call applicants to process fee payments via a secured line.
  • Do not post applications as they will not be received by processing staff.
  • Only horse and cattle 3 piece brand applications and pig brand applications, will be processed until after the lockdown. Clients should delay lodging applications for symbol brands or earmarks, until after the Covid-19 lockdown is lifted.

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.