Livestock movement and identification in the Northern Territory

The last edition of Animal Health News featured a section on livestock movement and identification in the Northern Territory, focusing on Property Identification Codes (PIC), Brands and National Livestock Identification System (NLIS)  requirements. This article carries on from that, with information regarding livestock transport standards, requirements for moving livestock within the Northern Territory and for moving livestock into the Northern Territory from interstate. If you have any queries relating to livestock movement or identification, please do not hesitate to contact your local livestock biosecurity officer (see contact information at the end of this article).

Livestock Transport Standards (LTS)

The Livestock Transport Standards (LTS) were incorporated in NT Legislation and commenced in 2012.

The aims of the LTS are to have a consistent approach and responsibility across Australia for all persons involved in the handling, selecting, loading and transporting of livestock.

The LTS is in two sections:

Part A - General Standards (for each species.)

  1. Responsibilities and Planning.
  2. Stock handling competency.
  3. Transport vehicles and facilities.
  4. Pre-transport selection.
  5. Loading, transport and unloading.
  6. Humane Destruction.

Part B – ‘Species Specific’ Standards

It is a requirement of the LTS that all persons, who are involved in the handling, selecting, spelling, loading and transporting of livestock at all venues, must only load and handle livestock that are fit for the intended journey.

Further information on LTS requirements can be on nt.gov.au.

The standards have been agreed to be enforced under the Livestock Act with some standards subject to infringement notices if non-compliance is detected.

Moving Livestock within the NT

When moving livestock within the NT, the following requirements apply:

Animal / species

NT PIC

NT Waybill

Brands

NLIS device

Transport standards apply

Treatment for Cattle Tick

(When moving out of tick zones)

Cattle*

Buffalo

Horses(incl. mules and donkeys)

✓ + permit

Pigs

Poultry

Sheep and goats

Deer **

✓  + permit *

Camels

Alpacas and llamas* *

✓  + permit *

Honeybees


* All cattle over the age of eight months must be branded

** Permit from NT Parks and Wildlife may be required

Moving Livestock into the NT from interstate

When moving livestock into the NT from interstate, the following requirements apply:

Animal / Species

Health Certificate and Waybill

NT PIC

Brands

NLIS Device

Johne’s disease clearance

Transport standards apply

Treatment for Cattle Tick

(When moving out of tick zones)

Cattle

Buffalo

Horses(incl. mules and donkeys)

✓ + permit

Pigs

Poultry

Sheep and goats

Deer *

✓  + permit *

Camels

Alpacas and llamas *

✓  + permit *

Honeybees**


**

*   Permit from NT Parks and Wildlife may be required.

** Must have health certificate confirming they do not have European foulbrood, American foulbrood and small hive beetle.

You do not need a permit to move pigs, pigeons and poultry.

Last updated: 08 June 2017