NLIS Cattle: Getting started for cattle producers


The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) is Australia’s identification and traceability system for cattle.

It is a permanent, whole-of-life system that allows cattle to be identified and tracked from birth property to slaughter.

Cattle are identified with a machine-readable NLIS-approved electronic device, and records of cattle movements are maintained on a central NLIS database.

As a cattle producer getting started, there are a few things to consider.

This Primefact provides information on property identification codes (PIC), NLIS cattle identification devices, the NLIS numbering system, quality asurance programs and vendor declarations.

It also answers the following questions:

  • do I need to know my NLIS numbers?
  • who is responsible for notifying the NLIS database of cattle movements?
  • what is the time requirement for reporting cattle movements to the NLIS database?


Primefact 695 Second Edition

Published: 01 Jul 2017