Branding cattle and horses, and earmarking cattle

Branding and earmarking submissions

Before applying for a brand or earmark, read these important submission requirements:

  • there is a temporary coronavirus (COVID-19) branding exemption in place for cattle producers – you are not required to brand cattle for sale
  • when we are ready to begin processing your application, we will phone you to process the fee payment(s) via a secure line
  • there is an 80 working day turnaround period for processing fully completed applications.

Cattle must be branded when they are offered for sale in Queensland.

Exemptions exist for any of the following:

  • a temporary coronavirus (COVID-19) branding exemption is in place and cattle producers are not required to brand cattle for sale
  • registered stud cattle sold at approved stud cattle sales
  • calves under 100kg live weight
  • cattle from another state or territory, if they are either:
  • taken directly to an abattoir
    or
  • have been purchased over the scales at the feedlot in Queensland and are kept at a registered cattle feedlot in Queensland until they are slaughtered.

Branding of horses is optional in Queensland. You may only use the brand after you have it registered.

This guide provides information about branding cattle and horses and earmarking cattle in Queensland. It covers how to register a brand or earmark, change ownership and submit your annual returns.