Apply for a property identification code

In NSW, a property that has any one number of livestock residing on the land, such as cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, bison, buffalo, deer, camelids, equines (ie horses and donkeys) and poultry (100 or more) is required to have a property identification code (PIC) registered to that property regardless of whether the livestock are being moved, traded, agisted, they are pets, or reside on the land for any other reason.

A PIC is a unique eight-character code assigned by Local Land Services to properties with livestock and placed into a district register.

This system holds information identifying land including property names, locations and further details of the trading entity and PIC manager.

Why get a PIC?

A PIC allows all movements of cattle, sheep and goats to sale, slaughter or any other property to be monitored and recorded on the NLIS database and traced when required. Traces may be required when chemical and antibiotic residues are detected in meat or disease is detected in animals and to issue an emergency response when required.

By having a PIC on your property, you’re helping us trace livestock to assist with disease and chemical residue management.

All properties with livestock, regardless of whether or not if stock is being moved, need a PIC.

If you’d like to apply for a PIC, you can download our Property Identification Code application and return it to your local office. You can return your completed form by post or email. Head to our contact page to find your local customer service team contact details.

If you require further information on PICs, you can view our PIC landholders information sheet (PDF), or PIC horses information sheet (PDF).

If you have any questions about PICs or you’d like to get one, contact us or visit our frequently asked questions page.

Selling pigs

In NSW, it’s a legal requirement for all pigs greater than 25 kg to be branded with a registered swine brand before sold in a sale yard, direct to a processor, or private sale. You must have a property identification code (PIC) in order to apply for your registered swine brand with Local Land Services.

Find out more about pigs and your requirements.

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