Branding and earmarking

Branding and earmarking submissions

Brands applications must consider the following:

  • We prefer to process applications electronically as this results in faster process times.
  • All brand and earmark applications should be emailed to brands@daf.qld.gov.au.
  • Please note: we will not receive posted applications as fast as electronically submitted applications.
  • For security reasons, credit card details must not be entered on the application form.
  • Once a fully completed application form is received by the Licensing Transaction Unit (LTU), we will accept it into the processing system.
  • Applications will be processed in order of arrival at LTU.
  • A staff member will call you to process fee payments via a secured line when they are ready to begin processing your application.
  • Currently there is an 80 working day turnaround period for processing fully completed applications.
  • A branding exemption is currently in place and cattle producers are not required to brand cattle with a live weight in excess of 100kg before sale.

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.