Sheepmeat Council
for immediate release
9 November 2010

NLIS (Sheep and Goats) mob-based movement recording:
Know your obligations

Sheep and goat producers are urged to find out what is required of them under the new National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) mob-based movement requirement. NLIS (Sheep and Goats) is Australia’s system for the identification and tracing of livestock for biosecurity, food safety, product integrity and market access purposes and this is being strengthened to include the central recording of the movement of mobs of sheep or goats on the NLIS database.

Kate Joseph, President of Sheepmeat Council of Australia, said that: “While the requirement for mob-based movement recording will vary from state-to-state during the phase-in period which commenced on 1 July 2010, now is a good time for all producers to familiarise themselves with the new requirements. This will allow for a smooth transition once the new requirement is introduced and mean that producers can continue to take advantage of the current high prices for sheep, lambs and goats. Non-compliance with NLIS means no sale.”

The responsibility of recording property to property mob-based movements lies with the person in charge of the sheep or goats at the property the animals are being moved to.

To record mob-based movements, the person in charge of the sheep or goats at the destination property, defined by a Property Identification Code (PIC), needs to access their existing NLIS database account or establish an account via the internet. These accounts can be set up for each PIC, are free and are the same as those used for cattle. Producers can visit to set up or access an NLIS account.

The following information is recorded through this account:

  • PIC the sheep or goats came from
  • PIC the sheep or goats were moved to
  • Movement date
  • Number of livestock
  • Transport document number, usually the LPA NVD/Waybill
  • PICs from original ear tags for any non-vendor bred sheep or goats (in Western Australia, record the seller's brand on the last tag applied)

Sheep and goats do not have to be individually scanned as is the case with cattle; rather the mob movement is recorded based on PIC.

Recording mob-based movements of sheep and goats traded through the saleyards is the responsibility of the saleyard operators; however, the producer must provide the saleyard with their PIC. Agents may also perform mob-based movement recording on behalf of clients, but it is the producers responsibility to ensure this occurs.

When selling livestock direct to an abattoir or depot, the abattoir or depot operator is responsible for recording the movement.

In discussing NLIS (Sheep and Goats), Margaret Piccoli, the Goat Industry Council of Australia’s representative to the National NLIS (Sheep and Goats) Committee, highlighted the crucial links between approved NLIS ear tags, NVDs and, now, mob based movement. “NLIS (Sheep and Goats) is Australia’s system for identifying and tracing livestock and underpins our reputation as a preferred supplier of livestock and livestock products around the world.

“For sheep and managed goats, NLIS involves approved ear tags to show where the sheep or goats have come from and accurate transportation documentation, generally an LPA NVD/Waybill, to show where they are going. This system is now being enhanced to include the centralised recording of this information on the NLIS database - mob-based movement recording.”

Producers are also reminded that, for consignments that require more than four lines to describe stock, they can use an attachment to the NVD/Waybill. Books of these attachments are available when ordering NVD/Waybills or a copy can be obtained from the MLA website.

A paper-based option for recording mob-based movements is available for those who do not have access to the internet and this can be accessed via the NLIS Helpdesk on 1800 654 743.

A range of fact sheets on NLIS and the new mob-based movement recording requirements state-by-state are available from:

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Media Enquires:

  • Kate Joseph, Sheepmeat Council of Australia, 02 6273 3088
  • Margaret Piccoli, Goat Industry Council of Australia, 03 5455 4238


Sheepmeat Council of Australia ~ visit:
National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) Ltd ~ visit:
Goat Industry Council of Australia ~ visit: