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Helping Keep Track of Queensland's Livestock

by 5m Editor
19 April 2012, at 9:07am

QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA - Biosecurity Queensland Industry Liaison Officer Fiona Thompson said property registration plays a crucial role in managing the risks of animal diseases.

"Property owners can help Biosecurity Queensland keep track of livestock by simply registering their property and keeping their details up to date," Ms Thompson said.

"Current information allows Biosecurity Queensland to work with livestock owners and the community to respond quickly and minimise the impact of animal diseases.

"Property registration should be completed within 14 days of obtaining livestock for the first time."

Owners can register their property online or by phone on 13 25 23.

Properties are required by law to be registered under the Stock Identification Regulation 2005 if they have:

  • one or more head of cattle, horses (including donkeys), sheep, goats, pigs, deer, buffalo, camelids (camels, llamas and alpacas)
  • 100 or more poultry (including any species of aviary birds).

Ms Thompson said that even if property owners only owned one or two of these animals, they were still required to register with Biosecurity Queensland.

"Failure to register your property could result in penalties of up to $4,000," she said.

"Bee keepers are also required to register and identify hives under their control. A small fee applies to apiary registrations."