Horse and cattle - symbol brands
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Brands application process update
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown there are some changes to the brands application process.
- Currently only horse and cattle three-piece brand applications and pig brand applications, are being processed. You should delay lodging applications for symbol brands or earmarks, until after the COVID-19 pandemic.
- All brand and earmark applications must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. For security reasons, credit card details must not be entered on the application form.
- Once the application form is received, licensing and transaction staff will phone applicants to process fee payments via a secured line.
- Applications may take up to 50 working days to progress.
- Do not post applications as they will not be received by processing staff.
- A branding exemption is in place and cattle producers are not required to brand cattle with a live weight in excess of 100kg before sale. The exemption will apply until the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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 neither conflicts with, nor is similar to, any registered brand. You can search the brands database for registered brands. 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
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 manufacturers and suppliers of branding irons and earmarking pliers in your local area.
- Find out how to submit your brand return online or search the brands database.
- Read the Brands Act 1915.
- Contact our Customer Service Centre.