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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 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

To legally use a symbol brand in Queensland, you must submit an application form to register a brand or earmark in the same name(s) as your three-piece brand with the correct fee.

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.

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