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 Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) radio frequency identification (RFID) tag prior 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.


Important Guidelines for Producers

CFIA regulations require all beef, dairy, bison and sheep to be tagged prior to leaving the herd/farm of origin, including those going to community  pasture, exhibition site, test station, veterinary clinic, auction market, feedlot, etc. (unless going to an approved tagging site). IMPORTANT NOTE: CCIA is currently working with CFIA to develop definitions for tagging sites and clarification regarding tagging site regulations. CCIA will post this information as soon as it is confirmed and available for distribution. Click here for more information about Animal Health Regulations regarding tagging sites.
Approved CCIA RFID tags should never be re-used or removed from an animal that is already tagged unless the number has been retired from the CLTS database (e.g., in the case of dead stock or exported animals).
Records of the animal identification number of re-tagged animals (i.e. animals that have lost tags) should be kept with any known information regarding origin.
Click here for best practices to maximize tag retention on beef cattle.



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