Livestock Movements

Livestock transactions and movements


How do producers meet this LPA requirement?

To guarantee animals sold are not exposed to food safety hazards and meet all traceability requirements, should a safety issue occur, livestock producers are required to:

  • Record all livestock purchases and sales
  • Keep copies of all LPA NVDs/eNVDs
  • Record vendor’s names, addresses and PICs
  • Record livestock details/description
  • Keep records of animals purchased while within a Withholding Period (WHP)/Export Slaughter Interval (ESI) period
  • Keep records of animals that may have been exposed to physical contaminants such as broken needles, buckshot or wire. 


Why do we need to record livestock movements?

Recording livestock movements ensures treatments and exposure to food safety hazards are traceable. If a food safety issue occurs and livestock are not fully traceable, the source of the problem may be impossible to identify. All livestock need to be fully traceable to allow a fast and efficient response. This will minimise any potential harm to people or animals, and protect the reputation of Australian red meat. Our customers expect our product to be fully traceable. 

What must be done regarding NLIS? 

The NLIS is Australia's system for identification and traceability of livestock, allowing cattle, sheep and goats to be traced from property of birth to slaughter for:

  • Biosecurity
  • Meat safety
  • Product integrity
  • Market access 


All livestock movements onto or off a PIC must be identified by an NLIS-accredited electronic or visual device before they are moved or sold, and recorded on the NLIS database in accordance with the NLIS requirements for your state or territory.

Tools and Resources


Current LPA NVDs, electronic NVDs (eNVDs) and eDECs are available through your LPA account.

You can register for an account here

The information required to record a livestock movement on the NLIS database will vary according to the origin and destination of the movement, and the type of identification tags attached to the livestock.

Livestock movements with RFID tags should be recorded using the Livestock moved onto/off my property function.

Livestock movements with visual tags should be recorded using the Mob-based movement onto/off my property function.

If livestock have spread to neighbouring properties, producers should consider any risks around pest, disease and biosecurity for their own property before they are brought home. A number of recommended practices are included on the LPA Farm Biosecurity Plan template that should be considered.

The NLIS database should be used to reconcile livestock numbers and updated with the number of head residing on the property. Producers should scan and upload active animals on the PIC to the NLIS database.

While it is not a mandatory requirement, you can also notify the database of any animals that have died on your property.