Buying, Selling and Moving Livestock
Each time livestock are moved off a PIC, a livestock movement must be recorded on the NLIS Database.
The information required to record a livestock movement varies depending on where the animals have moved from and to, and on the type of identification attached to the livestock.
Recording livestock movements on the NLIS Database
- If livestock are bought, sold or moved through a saleyard, the livestock movement must be recorded by the saleyard.
- For private sales (i.e. sales and movements that do not take place via a saleyard), the buyer/receiver of the livestock must record the livestock movement.
- The vendor/sender of the livestock is not obligated to record the movement off their property, although they may do so.
- Abattoirs must record movements for all directly consigned livestock.
It is good practice to check all movement records to and from your PIC on the NLIS database, (especially those completed by a third party) to make sure the details are correct such as the ‘from’ and ‘to’ PICs and the total number of livestock transferred.
Completing a PIC reconciliation annually is a recommended action for all LPA accredited producers, as NLIS records/transfers are included in LPA audits. A PIC reconciliation allows transfer discrepancies to be identified and corrected.
For information on the timeframe in which livestock movements should be recorded on the NLIS, please contact your state/territory NLIS authority.