Cattle – transport

Information about the requirements for transporting cattle from one location to another.

Cattle must be transported using suitable and appropriate vehicles.

All cattle entering and moving within NSW must have an approved NLIS device.

All cattle entering and moving within NSW must be accompanied by fully completed movement documentation that is either a National Vendor Declaration (NVD) or a Transported Stock Statement (TSS).

All movements must be notified to the NLIS database.

There are strict movement controls for cattle entering and moving within NSW on account of bovine Johne’s disease (BJD).

Cattle must be treated and inspected for cattle tick prior to entering NSW from cattle tick infested areas.

Approved activities Category
Loading and unloading animals onto transporters 3

The following movements of cattle must be reported to the NLIS database:

  • Moving cattle between properties with different PICs even if the properties are owned by the same person
  • Buying cattle
  • Moving cattle to and from leased properties
  • Moving cattle to agistment
  • Moving cattle to shows and returning from shows.

To notify the database the following information is required:

  • NLIS or RFID tag numbers of the animals being transferred
  • PIC of the property that the animals are moving from
  • PIC of the property that the animals are moving to
  • National Vendor Declaration (NVD) serial number, if applicable
  • Transfer date.

Moving cattle into and within NSW and Land transport guidelines provides further information about the transport of cattle.

It is important to have good knowledge of the disease status of animals prior to bringing them onto the school farm. This may involve vaccinations, parasite control and even blood tests where applicable. Advice from the local veterinarian or livestock officer should be sought.

It is a good idea to quarantine new cattle from existing cattle for a period of time. This should allow time for observation of any signs of illness or parasite infestations.


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