NLIS requirements on agisted and/or leased land
The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) is Australia's system for identifying and tracking dairy and beef cattle for food safety, disease control and market access. It enables cattle to be identified and tracked from their property of birth to slaughter.
Cattle grazed on agisted or leased land provide producers new challenges in that they must ensure any movement between properties is recorded so that whole of life movement is maintained.
There are a number of different ways that cattle being grazed on agisted or leased land can maintain their whole of life movement or lifetime traceable status on the NLIS database.
Agistment and leased Property Identification Codes (PIC)
A property identification code or PIC is an eight character code allocated by this department, or the equivalent authority in other states/territories, to identify a livestock producing property. An example of a Victorian PIC is '3ABCD123'.
Agistment and lease properties may be allocated two or more PICs if more than one producer is managing the livestock on the property; that is, the owner of the land would have a PIC and those people who agisted or leased the land may elect to have their own PIC.
Can a home PIC be used to cover agisted and/or leased land?
Yes. A producer can elect to have an agisted or leased property that is part of their grazing enterprise covered by their 'home' PIC as long as the parcel of land is within the same or neighbouring locality; that is, in the same shire or in a neighbouring shire.
For example Tom Jones owns 1 block of land and leases some land 10km down the road from the home property. Both blocks are grazed by Tom's livestock and exist within the one shire. The 'home' PIC covers both blocks of land as Tom listed the 2 blocks on the PIC application.
Cattle movements in this scenario would not need to be transferred on the NLIS database, however, it is strongly recommended that good records are maintained to show cattle movements between properties.
What PIC do I use if the agistment or leased land is in another shire?
If the agistment or leased land is within a neighbouring shire then a 'home' PIC can be allocated by the department as long as the land is linked to the PIC.
If the land is further afield; that is, 3 shires away or in another state then a new PIC can be allocated.
When do I need to transfer cattle on the NLIS database to maintain whole of life movement?
Cattle need to the transferred on the NLIS database when they are moved between two different PICs. They do not need to be transferred if the properties have been linked under the one PIC however it is strongly recommended that good records are maintained to show cattle movements between properties. For further information on when cattle need to be transferred on the NLIS database refer to Information Note – Property to Property Cattle Movements.
What happens if calves are born on the agisted or leased property that has a different PIC to my home property?
Only NLIS tags with the PIC of the agisted or leased property can be used to identify those calves born on that property.
However if the agisted or leased property is registered with the department under the home PIC of person agisting the livestock then they can use their own NLIS tags to identify the stock.
The following table provides a basic reference to what scenario and NLIS transfers are required when producers agist or lease land.
|Home property plus agisted land in same or adjoining shire||Home property plus agisted land in distant shire or another state|
|Scenario 1||Scenario 2||Scenario 1||Scenario 2|
|Parcels of land linked under a home PIC||Parcels of land not linked||A new PIC is applied for linking the agisted land to the owner of livestock||Nothing done|
|NLIS transfer not required however good paper records should be maintained||NLIS transfer required between property PIC and PIC of agistment property||NLIS transfer required between linked PICs||NLIS transfer required between property PIC and PIC of agistment property|
Who should have a PIC?
If you own cattle, sheep, goat, alpacas, llamas, horses, deer or more than 100 poultry (being any domesticated fowl, including emu or ostriches), you require a Livestock PIC.
How do I apply for a PIC?
A producer can obtain a PIC by completing the application form below. Application forms are also available from our offices, or by phoning the NLIS Helpline on 1800 678 779 during business hours to have a form sent by mail or fax.
Our website provides a vast amount of NLIS information including Information Notes series on different aspects of the NLIS.
Specific NLIS database queries
NLIS Hotline: 1800 NLIS ID (1800 654 743)
NLIS queries in Victoria
For queries on the NLIS in Victoria, call our Helpline on 1800 678 779 during business hours.
Ordering NLIS devices online
You can now order NLIS devices online using a credit card.