Cow / Calf Producer

The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency 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 to cross-reference tags or contact the CCIA office at 1-877-909-BEEF (2333).

Important Guidelines for Producers

The CCIA encourages all producers to replace lost tags at every possible intervention.
Tags should be applied according to manufacturer's directions.
If  you apply a CCIA tag to an animal that is already tagged, the CCIA requires notification of the cross-referenced numbers.

CCIA tags should never be re-used.

Records of the ID number of re-tagged animals (ie. animals who have lost tags) should be kept along with any known information of where they came from.

CCIA tags should not be removed from an animal that is already tagged unless the number is retired from the CCIA database as in the case of dead or exported animals.
Please ensure numbers on CCIA approved tags are visible.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced a regulatory amendment that requires all cattle to be tagged prior to leaving their farm of origin, including those going to community pasture, exhibition site, test station or veterinary clinic (unless going to an approved tagging site).



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