Horse and cattle - symbol brands
In this guide:
- Branding and earmarking livestock
- Horse and cattle - three-piece brands
- Horse and cattle - symbol brands
- Cattle earmarking
- Sheep and goats - paint branding
- Sheep and goats - earmarking
- Pigs - brand tattoos
- Cross-branding rules
- Changing brand or earmark ownership
- Manufacturers and suppliers of branding irons and earmarking pliers
A symbol brand must be registered in conjunction with a three-piece brand. When registered, it may be used in addition to, or instead of, a three-piece brand.
A symbol brand may be any free-form shape that does not conflict with, or is similar to, any registered brand. All symbol brands include a dot to the right of, and in line with, the lower part of the symbol.
The face depth of a symbol branding iron must be between 30mm and 80mm (face depth refers to the height of the character).
View a table with images and descriptions of horse and cattle symbol brands for examples of symbol brands that may be registered.
Registering a symbol brand
To legally use a symbol brand in Queensland, you must submit an application form to register a brand or earmark in the same name(s) as your three-piece brand to the Registrar of Brands with the prescribed fee.
As the design of a symbol brand may be any shape, you should include a short description of the symbol brand shape you plan to register.
- Find out about manufacturers and suppliers of branding irons and earmarking pliers in your local area.
- Find out how to submit your brands online or search the brands database.
- Read the Brands Act 1915 (PDF, 429KB).
- Contact our Customer Service Centre.
- Last reviewed
- July 11, 2014
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