NLIS Requirements When Leasing Cattle or Cow 'Parking'
Cattle that are leased or involved in the 'Cow Parking' program are not exempt from NLIS requirements. Producers must ensure that any movement between properties is recorded so that whole of life traceability is maintained.
When do I need to register a transfer of cattle on the NLIS database?
In order to maintain Lifetime Traceability cattle need to be transferred on the NLIS database when they are moved between two different PICs.
Leased or parked cattle need to be transferred between PICs on the NLIS database. For example, if you lease a bull, the movement of the bull between properties (PICs) will need to be registered on the database.
How do I transfer cattle between PICs?
You can transfer animals between PICs yourself by accessing the NLIS database. In order to transfer animals on the database you will need to know the individual identification number of each animal you wish to transfer.
You can use either the visually readable tag number printed on the outside of the tag or alternatively, you can scan the electronic microchip number using a scanning device and use this number. You only need either the NLIS ID (external tag number) or the RFID (internal microchip number) to carry out a transfer on the database – you don't need to upload both numbers for each tag.
You will also need to Register a NLIS database account to be able to do the transfer.
If you do not wish to transfer the animals yourself, you can employ the services of a scanning contractor or stock agent to complete the transfer on your behalf. There may be a fee attached to this service.
What happens if calves are born while cows are being leased or 'parked'?
Calves should be tagged with an NLIS ear tag or a rumen bolus with matching management ear tag displaying the PIC of the property where the calves are born.
Other issues to consider when cow parking
As the owner of the land where cows are parked you need to consider the disease status of the cows coming onto your property, especially in relation to Johne's disease. As the owner of the cows, you may need to make inquiries about the disease status of the property you are moving your cows to.
More information on the various disease and chemical residue risks is available via the links below or through you local Animal Health Officer.
Our website provides a vast amount of NLIS information including Information Notes series on different aspects of the NLIS.
Agisting and leasing land
For NLIS requirements on agisted and/or leased land please refer to the Information Note.
Specific NLIS database queries
NLIS Database Helpdesk: 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.
Publications of interest
- Your Guide to Victoria's Cattle Identification Legislation (available from the Department of Environment and Primary Industries)
- Your Guide to the Use of NLIS Ear Tags (available from the Department of Environment and Primary Industries)
- A Guide to the NLIS Database: A Manual for NLIS producers (available from the NLIS database).
- Information note, 'Property to Property Cattle Movements – A producer guide to NLIS requirements. (available from the Department of Environment and Primary Industries)
- NLIS Breeder and Post-breeder Tags must be attached to the right (offside) ear.
- Never attach a second NLIS tag if an NLIS tag is already present.
- Breeder and Post-breeder Tags purchased for use on one property cannot be applied to cattle located on another property, be sold, given away or reused, or removed from an animal.