Horse and cattle - symbol brands

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.

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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