Making stock movements easy with the National Livestock Identification System

By Mark Stillman, District Veterinarian
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  • The NLIS helps track and identify livestock
  • The system protects our export markets by ensuring quick response to food safety and disease incidents
  • You need an account before doing NLIS transfers

The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) is crucial for tracing and identification of livestock. The system enables Australia to access to export markets and enhances our ability to respond quickly to major food safety or disease incidents.

The system relies on the recording of identified animals as they move from one Property Identification Code (PIC) to another.  This is done through an online system called the NLIS database.

If you are buying or selling animals through a saleyard the saleyard will enter this information onto the NLIS database for you. Abattoirs do the transfer on the database for anything sent directly to the abattoir.

For private sales or sales via online auction sites (eg. AuctionsPlus) the buyer of the stock must record the livestock movement on the NLIS database. The seller of the livestock may record the movement off their property onto the NLIS database, but they are not required to.

Do you have an NLIS database account?

To be able to do a transfer on the NLIS database you must first register for an account.

Registering for an NLIS account can be done online at Register | NLIS - Australia's system for identification and traceability of livestock. The registration process may take up to a week so make sure you register an account before you want to move stock.

Not sure how to use the NLIS database?

There are how to guides and examples of common tasks such as checking movement records or completing PIC reconciliations to help you through the process of using the features of the NLIS database.

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