Sheep and goats - paint branding

Due to significant numbers of applications being received, fully completed applications will be processed within 50 working days of arrival at Licencing Transaction Unit. Fully completed applications will be processed in the order received.

Incomplete applications will be returned for completion and resubmitting.

Sheep and goat brands are registered for use within a particular district and cannot be used in any other district. Fire brands and paint brands may be registered for use on sheep and goats.

To legally use brands, symbol brands or earmarks on sheep and goats in Queensland, you must submit an application. Fees apply to applications for a brand, symbol brand or earmark.

Paint branding

Only three colours can used for paint branding:

  • blue
  • red
  • green.

Use of any other colour is illegal and does not constitute proof of ownership.

Physical description

  • Paint brands may take the form of a letter, numeral or other shape.
  • Other shapes or designs may be registered, in which case the brand is known as a symbol paint brand.
  • Fire brands may be of any shape not already registered, but can only be registered for use on the horns.
  • There is no specific size for sheep and goat brands. However, they are required to be of a practical size for legibility.

Branding positions

Paint brands are registered in a specific colour for use in a specified position. The only positions that may be registered are as listed below.

'Off' refers to the right side of the animal and 'near' refers to the left side of the animal.

  1. Between shoulders
  2. Near shoulders
  3. Off shoulder
  4. Middle of back near rib
  5. Off ribs
  6. Near rump
  7. Off rump
  8. Top of rump.

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