Branding cattle and horses

Posted 31/07/2023

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

Exemptions exist for any of the following:

  • 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.

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