Livestock identification is required by law, even for smallholders. The procedure to register your mark has changed in the last few months.

According to the Animal Identification Act, 2002, it is compulsory to mark all cattle, sheep, goats and pigs. The mark you use on your animals must be registered with the Dept of Agriculture, Land Reform & Rural Development (DALRRD).

Registering your mark

First, download and complete this form.

The form can also be collected from departmental agricultural extension officers, magistrates’ offices, SAPS stock-theft units or from the Registrar: Animal Identification in Pretoria.

Once completed, you must pay a R170 registration fee to DALRRD.

Standard Bank Branch: Arcadia;

Branch Number: 010845;

Account Number: 01125287.

Or take the application form and money to the Delpen Building, on the corner of Annie Botha Avenue and Union Street, Riviera, Pretoria.

After you have paid, you must post, fax or email the original deposit slip or proof of payment as well as the application form to The Registrar of Animal Identification

Post: Private Bag X138, Pretoria, 0001.

Email: animalid@dalrrd.gov.za

Fax: 012 319 7551 (confirm 012 319 7637)

Physical: Delpen Building, on the corner of Annie Botha Avenue and Union Street, Riviera, Pretoria.

This fee is a once-off payment ~ once your mark is registered you will not have to pay again. You must sign your form ~ it will not be valid without your signature. If you are not able to personally sign, you must enclose a letter from you authorising the signatory with the application. Once your registration has been accepted by the department, your mark will be added to the official list of registered brand marks and no one else can use it.

Once issued a brandmark, you may use the same mark for both large and small livestock. If you have bought animals or been given an animal as a gift you must mark it within two weeks.

Transfer of brandmark

If you have inherited or bought a property or herd/flock of animals, you must apply to have the brandmark of the previous owner transferred to your name.

The procedure to change ownership is much the same as above, with the form to be completed available here.

Part Two of the form must be completed by you or, in the case of death, the executor of the estate. In the case of the death of the legal owner, the identification mark can be transferred to you if the executor of the estate gives permission for the mark to be transferred. When there is no executor, the new owner can provide a copy of the death certificate as well as a Letter of Authority issued by the High Court stating that the you are the legal owner of the animals.

Once completed, you must pay a R170 registration fee to DALRRD.

Standard Bank Branch: Arcadia;

Branch Number: 010845;

Account Number: 01125287.

Or take the application form and money to the Delpen Building, on the corner of Annie Botha Avenue and Union Street, Riviera, Pretoria.

After you have paid, you must post, fax or email the original deposit slip or proof of payment as well as the application form to The Registrar of Animal Identification

Post: Private Bag X138, Pretoria, 0001.

Email: animalid@dalrrd.gov.za

Fax: 012 319 7551 (confirm 012 319 7637)

Physical: Delpen Building, on the corner of Annie Botha Avenue and Union Street, Riviera, Pretoria.

The costs and forms related to the registration of livestock identification are valid until March 2022.

The Registrar can be contacted at 012 319 7637 for queries related to livestock identification registration.

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