Test Stations

The term "test station" applies to any site where performance or progeny tests are carried out.
If animals are taken to such a station and are expected to be returned to their herd of origin they will need to be tagged with a CCIA ear tag provided that:

The manager has registered the test station with CCIA and gives an undertaking to keep records of the origin of cattle coming to the test station to facilitate a traceback if it ever becomes necessary. (Most test stations currently keep this type of record.)
These records are made available to CCIA in the event of a Canadian Food Inspection Agency traceback involving cattle from that test station.
If animals are sold from the test station they must be tagged with an approved tag registered to the original owner prior to passing into the hands of the new owner.
The Canadian Cattle Identification Program is an industry-led initiative designed to promote beef consumption through assurance of efficient traceback and containment of serious animal health and food safety problems. The program is regulated and enforced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
Register the test station with CCIA and record the origin of cattle coming to the test station.
You may apply to CCIA to become an approved tagging site or tag dealer.
Encourage your clients to apply tags to all cattle permanently leaving their herd of origin.
Keep a record of the ID number of animals re-tagged due to a lost tag, along with any available information about their origin.
Under no circumstance should a CCIA tag be removed from an animal that is already tagged.
If you apply a CCIA tag to an animal that already has one, you must report the cross-referenced numbers to the CCIA.
CCIA tags must not be re-used.

Note:

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


 

 
 
   

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