Tag Distributors

The Canadian Cattle Identification Program is an industry initiated and established trace back system designed for the containment and eradication of animal disease.

July 1, 2010
All cattle must be tagged with an approved Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag prior to moving from their current location or leaving their farm of origin.

Requirements for producers:
Leave the bar-coded tag in AND apply an RFID tag to the same animal. Cross-reference the RFID tag with the bar-coded tag in the Canadian Livestock Tracking System (CLTS).

Please Note:
Tampering with and/or cutting out an approved tag is prohibited by regulations.

Cross-referencing the data will mean that all of the events uploaded by the producer against the tag and the history of the animal will be maintained. Producers can log onto their accounts at www.clia.livestockid.ca to cross-reference tags or contact the CCIA office at 1-877-909-BEEF (2333).

Important Guidelines for Tag Dealers/Distributors

By January 1, 2004, all dealers must report tag sale information electronically to the CCIA unless reporting to an authorized faxing station.
Records of tags received and issued including dates tag numbers and contact information must be uploaded into the database within 24 hours.
Encourage your customers to tag their cattle prior to selling them.
Encourage all employees to be familiar with the ID program so they can answer your customers' questions.
Keep a record of tag numbers received and issued. Auditing procedures require you to be able to account for all tags handled at your location.
Keep tags in a secure location in your store.
All information is to be electronically submitted to the CCIA.
Always check to see if a producer is already in the database before you create a new PIN number.
Distribution information must be updated and submitted to the CCIA database before tags are traded with other stores.


The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency is an industry conceived, developed and run organization
The Canadian Cattle Identification Program provides accurate and efficient trace back information in the vent of an animal health or food safety situation. 
This program is regulated and enforced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).



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