The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS Cattle)
provides a permanent, whole of life identification system that enables
individual animals to be tracked from property of birth to slaughter for
food safety, product integrity and market access purposes.
within the system are uniquely identified with a NLIS-approved device,
either an ear tag or rumen bolus/ear tag combination. Each device
contains a microchip that allows it to be read electronically by
scanners installed at saleyards, abattoirs and farms.
are read, the data containing details of the property of origin and new
property of residence is transferred to the NLIS database over the
Internet, creating a traceable record of where animals have been.
- All cattle leaving a property must be NLIS identified.*
cattle movements are to be recorded on the NLIS database. This means
that property to property movements will have to be recorded on the NLIS
Database. This is the responsibility of the receiver of the cattle.
Saleyards and abattoirs transfer cattle they receive. See Transferring Cattle.
* Bobby calves consigned for slaughter are exempt from the System and can continue to use the bobby calf ear tags.
is underpinned by State legislation. Failure to use NLIS devices
correctly can result in penalties of up to $15,700 for an individual and
$31,400 for a company. Please read the Conditions of Use for Permanent Identification Devices for Cattle.
Further information see the NLIS website.
National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) Ltd
Locked Bag 991
NORTH SYDNEY NSW 2059
Phone: 1800 654 743