Moving cattle, bison and buffalo
Certain requirements must be met before cattle, bison and buffalo can be moved:
- within Queensland
- into Queensland from other states and territories.
If you are receiving relocated cattle, bison or buffalo, you must record the movement within 48 hours on the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS). These requirements help protect our industries from pests and diseases.
Moving cattle, bison and buffalo within Queensland
When moving cattle, bison and buffalo within Queensland you must:
- become a registered biosecurity entity (RBE) to be allocated a property identification code (PIC)
- have livestock tagged with an approved NLIS device
- complete a movement record
- understand and follow animal welfare transport standards
- ensure that you have met cattle tick minimization requirements as per the biosecurity manual (PDF, 1MB) when travelling between cattle tick zones.
Moving cattle, bison and buffalo into Queensland from interstate
Ensure that you have met all Queensland travel requirements for cattle, bison or buffalo.
Note: You do not require a Queensland certificate of health as of 1 July 2016 when introducing cattle, bison or buffalo into Queensland. You do have a general biosecurity obligation to prevent or minimise a biosecurity risk.
Note: If cattle are taken directly to slaughter from another state or territory, they may be exempt from branding requirements.
- Read more about national vendor declarations and waybills.
- Read more about cattle tick movement regulations.
- Learn more about legal requirements when transporting animals in Queensland.
- Learn about livestock standstills.
- Learn about preventing and managing ingrown horns for livestock welfare.
- Last reviewed: 1 Jul 2016
- Last updated: 24 Aug 2020