Farm animals are popular with owners of small properties, but even in a residential area, you must comply with Local Council and State legal requirements.
The first thing you must do when you are looking to own cattle (cows), sheep, pigs, goats, alpacas, llamas, horses, deer or more than 100 poultry is to apply for a Livestock Property Identification Code (PIC).
These are free and easy to obtain through the Department of Economic Development’s Livestock PICs webpage.
These Identification codes are important in the event of a serious livestock disease outbreak. They allow for the tracing of animals to detect where an outbreak may have started and to help control and eradicate disease. They are also linked to systems such as the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) and commercial operators need one to sell and move animals.
To find out more about Livestock Property Identification Codes and to obtain yours, go to the Department of Economic Development.