The NLIS (sheep and goats) enhances Australia’s ability to maintain access to key export markets and helps to quickly contain a major food safety or disease incident.
NLIS allows animals to be tracked from property of birth to slaughter, for biosecurity, food safety, product integrity and market access purposes.
Have you got an active PIC? Contact your nearest Local Land Services (LLS), phone 1300 795 299 or visit the LLS website.
To move stock off your property, you need to complete a National Vendor Declaration (Sheep or Goats NVD and Waybill).
To obtain a book of NVDs or an electronic NVD (eDec) with your PIC, you need to become accredited with Livestock Production Assurance (LPA).
Register on the MLA website or phone 1800 683 111.
Order your NVDs via the LPA website or by phone.
NVDs are issued in a book of 20 pre-printed with your PIC details, or are available as an eDec.
Order from the MLA website or phone 1800 683 111.
All mob-based movements must be recorded on the NLIS database. Movements of:
All other sheep and goat movements between PICs are recorded in the NLIS database by the receiver of the stock, e.g. when buying sheep in a private sale.
NLIS tags can be ordered through your local rural merchandiser, LLS or tag manufacturer. Place your order at least 14 days before you need them.
It’s highly recommended that you use year of birth coloured tags in NSW. For approved NLIS tags, visit the MLA website.
Breeder tags are coloured, and are applied to animals born on your property.
These are applied to sheep or goats no longer on their property of birth, or to introduced animals that have lost their original tag.
If you are applying a post-breeder tag, leave the property of birth tag in the ear, as well as applying the post-breeder tag.
Before selling any stock, check each animal has an NLIS ear tag, with the exception of feral goats going direct to an abattoir or an approved goat depot.
For any bought-in sheep or goats (non-vendor bred), record the PIC from the tag of these animals on the NVD.
Stock without an ear tag must be tagged with a tag printed with your PIC. Breeder tags are to be used for home bred sheep, and pink post-breeder tags for bought-in stock.
The NVD or other movement document, such as a Transported Stock Statement, must be completed prior to movement of your stock.
NLIS Sheep and Goats is a mob-based system. Complete a transfer in 4 simple steps.
With sheep and goats, all you need to know to complete an NLIS transfer is what’s on the NVD:
For more information or help to complete a mob-based movement on the NLIS database, call 1800 654 743, or Local Land Services 1300 795 299.
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