Skip to Display Options Skip to Main Content
Aboriginal Acknowledgement A -  |  A +
Skip Navigation Links Home : : My Property : : Animals and Pets : : Livestock

Email Link   Livestock

Animals (including livestock) on Private Land

An occupier of private land may impound any animal that is trespassing on the land. If the owner of the animal is known by the occupier of private land or they can easily find out the owner’s identity, the person impounding the animals must inform the owner of the animal’s whereabouts within 24 hours of impounding the animal and must then either:
  • Immediately have the animal delivered to the nearest convenient public pound
  • Keep the animal on the land for a period of not more than 4 days and then (if the animal has not been claimed by its owner) have the animal delivered to the nearest convenient public pound.
The occupier can contact Council who will arrange for the animals to be transported to the impounding yards.
The occupier must ensure that any animal kept on the land after it is impounded:
  • is provided with adequate food, water and veterinary care
  • is kept in a place that is well drained and maintained in a clean condition
  • is provided with adequate shade for the climatic conditions
  • is kept secure
  • is separated from other animals that are diseased or, if the animal is or appears to be diseased, is kept separate from other animals.

Animals (including livestock) in a Public Place

An impounding officer (Council Ranger) may impound an animal that is in a public place within the Tweed Shire if the officer believes on reasonable grounds that the animal is unattended.
An animal is not to be regarded as being unattended for the purposes of this section in the following circumstances:
  • while the animal is in a public place in response to an invitation contained in a notice published by the relevant public authority and in accordance with any conditions specified in that notice
  • while the animal is in a public place with the consent of the relevant public authority
  • while the animal is in a public place and its presence there is authorised by or under an Act
  • in the case of an animal that is stock (as defined in Part 10 of the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015 (previously Rural Lands Protection Act) (external link) that is unattended on a road or travelling stock reserve, in any circumstances prescribed by section 138 of that Act.

Animals (including livestock) on a Motorway

For livestock on a highway or motorway please contact RMS on 02 6686 1800 during business hours or 131700 after hours or on weekends.

Impounded Livestock

The Impounding Act allows straying livestock to be impounded by council officers, and owners or occupiers of land that have livestock stray onto their property. Council officers may impound any animals they believe to be abandoned or left unattended.

The following description outlines what occurs if livestock has been impounded. If your livestock has a tag – or microchipped then you will receive written notice that your animal has been impounded at the Council Pound. This facility is not open to the public and unidentified animals will be kept for only 14 days. There will be a notice advertised in Council’s newsletter the Tweed Link that livestock have been impounded. In accordance with Councils Fees and Charges there are costs associated with the release of any livestock. Call council on 0266 702 400 during business hours or councils after hours on 1800 818 326 for information on impounded live stock.

Livestock Movements in NSW

For information go to Livestock movements (external link)

Cattle Tick Spray Yards

Miles Street, Kirra QLD 4225
PO Box 6545, Tweed Heads South NSW 2486
Phone: 07 5536 4714
Fax: 07 5536 1290

Local Land Services (previously known as Rural land Protection board & Livestock Health & Pest Authority)

The Rural Lands Protection Board is now called Local Land Services (external link). Local Land Services work collaboratively with rural producers, government and industry to safeguard agriculture in NSW. Fourteen authorities provide the frontline animal health service in NSW. Their core areas of responsibility are animal health, pest animal and insect control and travelling stock reserves.

Local Land Services assists producers in ensuring they have correctly identified their livestock and that stock movement is carried out in accordance with requirements. They also assist with drought and natural disaster relief. The Rural Lands Protection Act 1998 constitutes each of the state’s 14 LHPAs and their governing body, the State Management Council, as bodies corporate. The State Management Council is responsible to the Minister for Primary Industries.

Visit their website at (external link)
Lismore (district main office)
79 Conway Street, Lismore NSW 2480
PO Box 16, Lismore NSW 2480
Ph (02) 6621 2317 Fax (02) 6621 2928
Last Updated: