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How-to: Move a mob onto / off a PIC – type in details

Following a physical movement of livestock, completing a mob-based transfer in the NLIS database ensures that the database can trace animals to their property of birth and last property of residence.

This is a legislative requirement in each state and territory. Each jurisdiction is responsible for enforcing the regulatory requirements for NLIS, specifying how and when livestock transfers within the NLIS database must be completed.

This how-to demonstrates the process to transfer mob-based livestock onto or off a PIC by typing in the details after a physical movement of stock has occurred.

What is a mob?

A mob can be one or more sheep or goats that only have a visual tag. As these individual livestock cannot be identified with a RFID device or NLIS ID tag, they must be moved through the mob-based movement methods.

If you have sheep or goats with RFID device or NLIS ID tag, then the NLIS database must be notified of the individual device or tag numbers to maintain lifetime traceability. 

What is a movement?

Completing a movement on the NLIS database means transferring stock from one PIC to another PIC to reflect the physical location of the animals.

Who updates the NLIS database?

The person responsible for updating the NLIS database varies depending on the situation:

  • If livestock are bought, sold or moved through a saleyard, the livestock movement must be recorded by the saleyard.
  • For sales or 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. ISC recommends checking that the movement has occurred to ensure your NLIS records are up-to-date. This includes livestock being sent to abattoirs or saleyards. Run the ‘Mob-based movements onto PIC’ report.
  • Abattoirs must record movements for all livestock they receive.

When do producers need to update the NLIS database?

A mob-based movement needs to be recorded on the NLIS database by a producer when:

  • You have purchased animals privately and need to complete the transfer as the receiver of the livestock.
  • You own more than one property with different PIC numbers and need to transfer livestock between your own PICs.
  • You have sold livestock privately and you want to complete the transfer because the receiver is unable to do so.

Before you start

  • Locate details of the PICs you are transferring between, other PICs on the visual tag, the date the stock movement occurred, the NVD number and eNVD pdf or NVD/Waybill image.

Alternatively, you may like to use the How-to: Move mobs onto/off a PIC - file upload method.

  • Log in to the database at with your username and password.

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