National Livestock Identification Scheme
- Individual animal/ mob based identification – e.g. individual RFID tag, or visual tag or brand
- Identification of the physical location of the animal using a property identification code (PIC)
- NLIS Database – where information is stored and correlated.
Local Land Services is a key stakeholder in Australia’s National Livestock Identification System (NLIS).
What is the National Livestock Identification System?
The NLIS is Australia’s scheme for identifying and tracing of livestock. It is crucial in protecting and enhancing Australia’s reputation and allowing Australia ongoing access to valuable export markets. The NLIS also enhances our ability to respond quickly to major food safety or disease incidents.
For more information on the NLIS, visit the NLIS website.
When do I need to register stock in the NLIS database?
NLIS for Sheep and Goats
NLIS for sheep and goats is a mob-based system, using a combination of printed ear tags displaying a property identiﬁcation code (PIC) and an NLIS movement document.
All movements of sheep and goats to sale, slaughter or to any other property are recorded in the NLIS database as a mob movement.
NLIS for Cattle
NLIS for cattle involves electronic identification and recording of all individual animal movements. All movements of cattle to sale, slaughter or to any other property are recorded in the NLIS database.
Tips for applying NLIS tags
- Place the device in the off-side (right) ear.
- Apply device between the two cartilage strips and at the junction of the inner and middle third of the ear.
- Ensure the transponder/female part of the device is on the inner side of the ear.
- Dip the device in and antiseptic solution before applying
- Always check to see if there is already a device or rumen bolus in place before tagging
Property identification codes
Anyone who keeps or owns livestock in NSW is required to make sure the land on which the livestock are kept has a PIC assigned to it.
PICs are printed on approved NLIS tags that are attached to livestock and are also recorded on livestock movement documents including national vendor declarations (NVD), transported stock statements (TSS) and PigPass NVDs.
Find out more about applying for a PIC number.
NLIS Database Training
Our Animal Health Biosecurity Officers provide training workshops on the NLIS database at various locations in NSW.
Workshop topics include:
- National Livestock Identification System (NLIS)
- National Vendor Declaration (NVD)
There will be a range of activities on the NLIS database:
- Beast enquiry
- Property to property transfers
- Notifying database of deceased animals
- Notifying database of replaced tags
- PIC reconciliation.
Please note: a laptop/tablet will be required to complete the NLIS database activities.
Expressions of interest are now open for NLIS training sessions on the North Coast in the following areas:
If you are interested in attending one of these workshops, send an email to Madi Hickey, Animal Health Biosecurity Officer at email@example.com
Workshops will be run based on registration numbers. When we receive enough registrations to hold a session at each location, we will be in contact to arrange a date and time.
If you would like more information, please contact:
Animal Health Biosecurity Officer
Phone: 0417 293 854
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