National Livestock Identification System

The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) is Australia’s scheme for the identification and tracing of livestock. This National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) enhances Australia's ability to respond quickly to a major food safety or disease incident in order that access to key export markets is maintained. It is a key industry initiative in partnership with governments across Australia.

NLIS Cattle was introduced in NSW on 1 July 2004 and involves electronic identification of cattle and centralised recording of movements on a national database. NLIS Cattle uses approved NLIS ear devices or rumen boluses and reporting all movements of cattle between properties with different Property Identification Codes (PICs).

NLIS Sheep & Goats is Australia's system for identifying and tracing sheep, lambs and farmed goats and was introduced on 1 January 2006. It uses visually readable ear tags printed with a Property Identification Code (PIC). It is complemented by movement documents supplied by consignors that are used for identification and tracking.

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