When buying an alpaca or three, make sure you have a PIC for you property. You will need a PIC (Property Identification Code) if you keep alpacas even as a hobby?
A PIC is an eight-character code allocated by the state department of agriculture (or an equivalent authority in each state or territory) to identify a livestock-producing property. The PIC forms the basis of Australia’s food safety and traceability programs and is used in cases of disease outbreaks, bushfires and animal emergencies.
Individuals must, under law, have a PIC if you own or keep 1 or more cows, sheep, goats, pigs, deer, alpacas, llamas, horses, ponies, donkeys, or more than 100 poultry (i.e. domesticated fowl, chickens, ducks, geese, turkey, guinea fowl, pigeons, quail or pheasants) or 10 emus or ostriches.
In NSW all livestock owners and occupiers of land that carries livestock must have a PIC, regardless of whether the livestock are moved or not. This is a requirement under the Biosecurity (NLIS) Regulation 2017 and Biosecurity Act 2015. Contact your Local Land Service to obtain your PIC today. Click here on how to apply.
Watch the LLS video on PIC’s here.