Sheep and goats - earmarking

Branding and earmarking submissions

When applying for a brand, you must consider the following:

  • We prefer to process applications electronically as this results in faster process times.
  • All brand and earmark applications should be emailed to
  • Note: We will not receive posted applications as fast as electronically submitted applications.
  • For security reasons, credit card details must not be entered on the application form.
  • Once a fully completed application form is received by the Licensing Transaction Unit (LTU), we will accept it into the processing system.
  • Applications will be processed in order of arrival at LTU.
  • A staff member will call you to process fee payments via a secured line when they are ready to begin processing your application.
  • Currently there is an 80 working day turnaround period for processing fully completed applications.
  • A branding exemption is currently in place and cattle producers are not required to brand cattle with a live weight in excess of 100kg before sale.

To legally use brands or earmarks on sheep and goats in Queensland you must submit an application and pay the correct fee.

Earmarking requirements

Earmarks must be placed in the off (right) ear of a male animal and the near (left) ear of a female. All earmarks must be made using pliers and must not remove more than one-third of the ear.

It is illegal to use any instrument (e.g. a knife) other than earmarking pliers for earmarking.

View the shapes and patterns of sheep earmarks.

Age or class marks

Any owner of a registered sheep and goat brand or earmark may use any number of distinctive marks to denote the age or class of their sheep or goats. However, these marks must not be made on the same ear as the registered sheep earmark. They also must not be, in the opinion of the Registrar or a Stock Inspector, similar to or readily convertible into any sheep earmark registered and used in the same locality.

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