Property Identification Codes (PICs)
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Extension of Property Identification Codes (PICs) from 1st September 2012
From 1 September 2012, anyone who keeps livestock in NSW will be required to obtain a PIC for the land on which the livestock are kept. The expanded requirements also include deer, bison, buffalo, camelids, equines (i.e., horses and donkeys), 100 or more poultry birds or 10 or more emus or ostriches.
A property identification code or PIC is a unique identifier for land used for keeping livestock. PICs are assigned to individual properties and allocated by Livestock Health and Pest Authorities (LHPA).
Further information: www.lhpa.org.au/identifying-and-tracing-livestock/property-identification-codes/faq
In NSW a Property Identification Code (PIC) is assigned by Livestock Health & Pest Authorities for the purpose of identifying land used for agricultural purposes. Livestock Health & Pest Authorities also maintain PIC registers which keep information related to PICs up to date. Producers usually pay a fee for this service, or the service is covered by the rates paid by the producer.
Normally each property has its own PIC; however, one PIC may be used for more than one property provided the properties are used for a common purpose and are proximate.
PICs are fundamental to the operation and integrity of the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) for cattle, sheep, goats and pigs. The PIC provides traceability to specific properties. Every livestock producer should have a PIC because:
- the PIC is printed on approved livestock identifiers;
- the PICs are recorded with every cattle movement;
- the PIC is recorded on stock movement documents;
- a PIC is required for industry quality assurance programs, e.g. Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) & Australian Pork Industry Quality (APIQ) programs;
- an NVD or PigPass is required for each consignment of slaughter stock.
Owners of small farms that have not previously been assigned a PIC are encouraged to register with their district Livestock Health & Pest Authority.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Answers to common questions about PICs are now available.
- FAQs specifically for horse owners are also available.
Obtaining a PICYou can obtain a PIC by:
- submitting your registration form online,
- downloading an application form (www.lhpa.org.au) and lodging with your local Livestock Health and Pest Authority, or
- contacting your local Livestock Health and Pest Authority.
For PIC procedures please see under Property Identification Codes.