Stock Brand and PIC Register search guide

Page last updated: Wednesday, 22 August 2018 - 8:58am

The Western Australian Stock Brand and PIC Register is maintained by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD). The Register contains the details of all registered identifiers (i.e. stock brands, earmarks, pig tattoos, hive brands) and property identification codes (PICs) currently registered for use in WA. Searches can be conducted for registered owner(s), identifiers, PIC, the trading name or on the property name.

Registration as an owner of livestock - new applications

When you register as an owner of livestock, you will be allocated a set of registered identifiers, including a stock brand, an earmark and a pig tattoo, along with a property identification code (PIC). These are used to identify your stock as belonging to you. The PIC indicates who owns the stock and where they are kept, even if you do not own the land. It is very important when responding to a disease outbreak that we can contact the stock owners, not just the land owners.

Selecting a brand with preferred letters

When registering, you are able to request two preferences for a brand. If the brands requested are not available, you will be allocated a brand as close as possible to your first choice.

Stock brands in WA consist of two letters and one number in any order. The letter 'I' is not used. The first letter in the combination may be a lazy letter where the letter is lying on its side to the left. A lazy letter ‘O’ appears as a circle with a dot in the middle. 

Stock brands that are available for allocation can be viewed on the Stock Brand and PIC Register

Searching the register

Brand search

In the brand field, type in the whole or part of a brand. Entering the percentage sign (%) between the two letters will return a list of all brands containing those letters. Example D%R will bring up a list of all brands containing the letters D and R in that order.  

  • Click on Lookup

If there is no owner name recorded against a listed brand, the brand is available for issue.

If there is an owner name against a brand, then it is already allocated. Click on the brand to get the brand record.

Brand query results

Query results will display the brands in the brand field as four characters. This is not the actual brand used.

The first three characters always refer to the brand itself. Eg. AB10 refers to AB1

The final number in this display indicates whether there is a lazy letter in the brand and where it is located. The first letter in the combination may be a lazy letter

0 means there are no lazy letters. Eg: AB10 = AB1

1 means the letter in the first position is lazy. Eg: DR41 = lazyDR4

2 means the letter in the second position is lazy. Eg: 6LW2 = 6lazyLW

Earmark search

Earmarks consist of two symbols cut into the ear. Diagrams of the earmark symbols for each code and positions used can be found on the Index of Registered Earmarks. Earmark codes consist of nine characters (Eg: 018B.107A). 

Click into the earmark field and type in the whole or part of an earmark code. The percentage sign (%) can be used in place of any unknown characters.  

  • Click on lookup

If the search did not find anything, you will be advised to try something less specific. If there is no owner name listed against an earmark, then it is available for use.

If there is an owner name against a brand, then the earmark is already allocated and that record will display.

Pig tattoo search

Pig tattoos consist of five numbers (eg:22/350). 

In the registration number/pig tattoo field type in the whole or part of the code. The percentage sign (%) can be used in place of any unknown characters.  

  • Click on lookup

If the search did not find anything, you will be advised to try something less specific. If there is no owner name recorded against the listed brand, the pig tattoo is available for issue with the associated brand.

If there is an owner name, then the pig tattoo is already allocated and the registration record will be displayed.

Owner/Trading name search

Click into the owner or trading name fields. If you know the city/town or postcode, that can also be entered. Do not overly narrow the search by providing too much detail. The percentage sign (%) can be used in place of any unknown characters. If Bloggs JR & MK is entered, the search will only retrieve exact matches from the data-base. If the brand is registered in the name of JR Bloggs solely, then the search will miss the record. Just type in Bloggs and retrieve all records and select from the list. The same applies if using a company name such as Blue Moon Grazing - just search on Blue Moon.

  • Click on lookup

The other fields can be searched in a similar manner. Searching on the city/town, for example, will return all brands that have that particular town in their postal address. Please note that the postal address of the brand owner is not always the same as the address of the property associated with the brand.

If the search did not find anything, you will be advised to try something less specific.

If there is an owner name, that registration record will be displayed.

Property identification code (PIC) search

In the PIC field, type in either the whole or part of the PIC. The percentage sign (%) can be used in place of any unknown characters. If only part of the PIC is entered, the search will retrieve all records containing the combination entered and this could be quite a long list.

  • Click on lookup

If the search did not find anything, you will be advised to try something less specific.

If there is a PIC recorded, click on the brand to get that brand record.

Property name search

In the property name field, type in the whole or part of the name. The percentage sign (%) can be used in place of any unknown characters. If you know the shire, - that can also be entered. Do not overly narrow the search by providing too much detail. 

  • Click on lookup

A query on the property name will only be successful if the property name is recorded against the brand in the database. 

If the search did not find anything, you will be advised to try something less specific.

If there is a property name recorded against the brand it will be listed. Click on the brand to get that brand record.

Registration as a beekeeper - new applications

When you register as a beekeeper, you will be allocated a hive brand. This brand is used to identify the hives as belonging to you.

Selecting a brand with preferred letters

When registering, you are able to request a preference for a brand. If the brand requested is not available, you will be allocated a brand as close as possible to your choice. 

Hive brands in WA consist of two letters and one number in any order.

Hive brands that are available for allocation can be viewed on the Stock Brand and PIC Register.

Searching the register

Hive brand search

In the hive brand field, type in the whole or part of a brand. Entering the percentage sign (%) between the two letters will return a list of all hive brands containing those letters. Example D%R will bring up a list of all hive brands containing the letters D and R in that order.  A search with the percentage sign (%) at the beginning or end will bring up a shorter list.

  • Click on Lookup

If the search did not find anything, you will be advised to try something less specific.

If there is an owner name against a hive brand, then it is already allocated. The registration record will be displayed.

Beekeeper search

You can search for the beekeeper name, trading name and/or beekeeper's address.

Enter the beekeeper name and/or trading name. If you know the address that can also be entered. Do not overly narrow the search by providing too much detail. The percentage sign (%) can be used in place of any unknown characters.

  • Click on Lookup

If the search did not find anything, you will be advised to try something less specific.

If there is an owner name against a hive brand, then it is already allocated. Click on the brand to get that brand record.

Contact information

Brands Office
1300 926 547

Author

Alison Maughan