Livestock Shows and Exhibitions

The Canadian Cattle Identification Program came into effect January 1, 2001. All cattle are to be tagged with an approved CCIA ear tag by the time they leave their herd of origin.

All cattle leaving their herd of origin must bear an approved tag.
You may apply to become an approved tagging site and/or dealer of tags.
Under no circumstance should a CCIA tag be removed from an animal that is already tagged.
*See bottom of page for more information.
CCIA tags must not be re-used.
If you apply a CCIA tag to an animal that already has one, you must report the cross-referenced numbers to the CCIA.


The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency is an industry conceived, developed and run organization
The Canadian Cattle Identification Program makes traceback and containment of serious animal health and food safety problems faster and more efficient, which helps keep customers buying Canadian beef and cattle.
This program is regulated and enforced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

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 to cross-reference tags or contact the CCIA office at 1-877-909-BEEF (2333).



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