Livestock brands and marks

It is not compulsory to brand or mark livestock.

The Brands Act 1933 was formally repealed by proclamation on 1 January 2016. This follows the Act being repealed by State Parliament in 1997. As a result of the formal proclamation brands no longer need to be registered with the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA).

PIRSA advises livestock producers that although the brand system is now deregulated, producers can continue to apply brands to identify their livestock. PIRSA is aware that some producers will continue using their brands for animal identification.

Livestock SA brands App

Producers can choose to register existing or new brands with Livestock SA using their SA Brands App. Registration is not compulsory.

Branding pigs

It is still compulsory to mark pigs with a pig brand. Pig brands help with disease control and traceability. This is a requirement under the Livestock Regulations 2013. Pigs under 20 kg are exempt from branding for welfare reasons.

See the pig brands page for information about branding pigs and requesting a pig brand.

Page Last Reviewed: 26 Feb 2018
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