Coronavirus (COVID-19): Brands application process update
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown there are some changes to the brands application process.
- All brand and earmark applications, must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. For security reasons, credit card details must not be entered on application form.
- Once the application form is received, licensing and transaction staff will phone applicants to process fee payments via a secured line.
- Do not post applications as they will not be received by processing staff.
- Only horse and cattle three-piece brand applications and pig brand applications, will be processed until after the lockdown. Clients should delay lodging applications for symbol brands or earmarks, until after the COVID-19 lockdown is lifted.
A cattle earmark is an aid to identification, not proof of ownership. It may only be used in conjunction with the three-piece brand with which it is registered. It is an offence under the Brands Act 1915 to earmark without branding.
Purchased cattle with no earmarks may be earmarked provided they are branded with the brand with which the earmark is registered. Earmarking of cattle is not compulsory.
Registered earmark districts
Queensland is divided into the registered earmark districts.
Earmarks are registered for use within a particular district and cannot be used in any other district.
The registered earmarks districts are:
- East Moreton
- St. George
- West Moreton
Note: the following areas are divided into a number of small districts:
Basis of registration
- Cattle earmarks are allocated to and registered for use in relation to specific earmark districts, with consideration given to neighbours' earmarks.
- An earmark initially registered for use on a property specified by the applicant may be used elsewhere in the same district only if the earmark does not conflict with earmarks already in use at the new address.
- If an owner moves into a new earmark district, any existing earmark is automatically cancelled.
Cattle earmarks are referred to by a code of letters and numbers. The letters indicate the shape of the cut or cuts, and the numbers specify where the cut or cuts are to be made (e.g. A1E7).
There are 6 earmark positions: positions 1, 2 and 3 on the off (right) ear, and positions 5, 6 and 7 on the near (left) ear.
Ear tags must be inserted so that they do not interfere with earmarks.
The marks must be of the shape and on the portions of the ear or ears as indicated in the registration certificate. The shape and pattern of cattle earmarks that may be allocated and registered under the Brands Act 1915 are described in the table of cattle earmark codes and shapes.
Earmarks of all descriptions must be made with pliers and not more than one-third of the ear must be removed when making the registered cut or cuts. It is illegal to use any instrument (e.g. a knife) other than earmarking pliers for earmarking.
The registered owner must get the earmarking pliers directly from the manufacturer.
Registering an earmark
To legally use a cattle earmark in Queensland, a person must submit an application for a brand or earmark in the same name(s) as the applicant's three-piece brand to the Registrar of Brands. To establish the correct cattle earmark district, applicants can help by providing the property identification code (PIC).
Cattle earmarks cannot be transferred from one three-piece brand to another. They may be cancelled and re-registered in conjunction with another three-piece brand in the current registered district.
- Find 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.
- See related branding and earmarking forms.
- Read the Brands Act 1915.
- Contact our Customer Service Centre.