Stock Brand and PIC Register search guide

The Western Australian Stock Brand and PIC Register is maintained by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. The Register contains the details of all registered identifiers (i.e. stock brands, earmarks, pig tattoos) 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. 

WA exports 80% of its livestock and livestock products. An effective traceability system is crucial to maintain our ability to export and to trace disease outbreaks.

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 your first 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 a single digit number (0-9) in any order. The letter 'I' is not used. The first letter in the combination may be a lazy letter where the letter is tipped 90 degrees to the left. A lazy letter ‘O’ appears as a circle with a dot in the middle. Symbol brands are not issued for use in WA.

Stock brands that are available for allocation can be viewed at The Western Australian Stock Brand and PIC Register.

Searching for available brands

Once on The Western Australian Stock Brand and PIC Register enquiry screen:

  • Click on Search by Brand

In the 'Brand' field, enter the preferred letter combination (using the percentage sign as a wildcard) in the following format: %D%R%. This will bring up a list of all brands containing the letters D & R.

  • Click on Lookup

The brands that have no details against them are available for issue. As the brand may be allocated before your application reaches us, please also nominate a second preference on the brand application.

Brand query results

Please note that 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; 9DR0 refers to 9DR
  • The final number in this display indicates whether there is a lazy letter in the brand and where it is located
  • 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

Brands that have no owner details against them are available for issue.

Searching the Register for existing brands

To search by brand

• Click on Search by Brand to open the Brand Enquiry Screen.
• Click into the Brand field and type in the whole or part of a brand. The percentage sign (%) can be used in place of any unknown characters. All brands containing the known characters will be returned, including those with a lazy letter.
a) Entering the two letters and the number combination of the brand will return all records containing that particular combination.
b) Entering the percentage sign (%) between the two letters will return a list of all brands containing those letters.
• If a list is returned, click onto the required brand to get to the full brand record.

To search for a brand by earmark

Earmark codes consist of nine characters (eg: 018B.107A). The fewer known characters entered in the search, the greater the list of records returned.
• Click on Search by Brand to open the Brand Enquiry Screen.
• 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. Entering part of an earmark or using the percentage sign could return a single brand or a list of brands.
• If a list is returned, click onto the required brand to get to the full brand record.
• Diagrams of the earmark symbols for each code and positions used can be found on the Index of Registered Earmarks.

To search using the property identification code (PIC)

  • Click on Search by PIC
  • Click into the PIC field and type in either the whole or part of the PIC. 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 to scroll through.

• If a list is returned, click onto the required brand to get to the full brand record.

To search using the trading name

  • Click on Search by Trading Name
  • Type in the Trading Name but don't overly narrow the search by providing too much detail.

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.

To search by pig tattoo

• Search by multiple Pig Tattoos or
• Click on Search by Brand to open the Brand Enquiry Screen.
• Click into the relevant field and enter pig tattoo number.

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.

More than one field can be used in a search. A query on 'Smith' and 'Wagin' will return all brands that meet those criteria. If a list is returned, click onto the required brand to get to the full brand record.

To search using a property name

• Click on Search by Property
• Click into the Property Name field.
• Type in the name of the property. Don't overly narrow your search by providing too much detail.
More than one field can be used in a search. A query on the property and a shire will return all brands that meet the specified criteria. This search will only be successful if the property name is recorded against the brand in the database. If a list is returned, click onto the brand you want to get to the full record.

Contact information

Beth Green
+61 (0)8 9753 0302
Page last updated: Wednesday, 20 September 2017 - 9:26am

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Beth Green