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NLIS Sheep and goats

Find up to date information about the National Livestock Identification system requirements for sheep and goats

NLIS Sheep and goats

The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) is Australia’s scheme for the identification and tracing of livestock, achieved through a combination of permanent identifiers, movement documents and database records.

The NLIS database holds information on sheep and goat movements from birth to slaughter, to protect and enhance Australia’s reputation as a producer of animal products that are free of chemical residues and exotic diseases.

NLIS requirements for sheep and goats

Tracing of sheep and goats is mob-based, which means individual livestock are identified with a visual tag (not RFID device or NLIS ID tag) and recorded as a group.

Under the NSW Biosecurity (NLIS) Regulation 2017, requirements for moving sheep and goats in NSW include:

  • All sheep and goats must be ear tagged before they are moved from any property to a saleyard, abattoir or another property.
  • The tag must be printed with the PIC of the property the sheep and goats are moving from, unless the animals were not born on the property and bought in (and have already been tagged).
  • A movement document (usually a National Vendor Declaration and Waybill (NVD) or Transported Stock Statement (TSS)) must be fully completed and accompany sheep and goats when they move.
  • If the mob is non-vendor bred or mixed and contains tags with different PICs, all 'Other PICs' must be written on the movement document or a pink post breeder ear tag must be used with the current property's PIC printed on it for those animals which have been bought in.

8 step guide


Guidelines for sellers, shows and slaughter

Goat depot and harvest / rangeland goats


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