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ID Tag Deadline Approaching

The Canadian Cattle

Identification Agency (CCIA) is reminding producers that as of Jan. 1, 2010 all cattle must be tagged with an approved CCIA Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag.

“Of the three pillars of traceability, we have achieved animal identification. Once we have completed the second pillar – premises identification – the industry will require RFID technology to support the reporting of animal movement,” states Steve Primrose, chair for CCIA and owner of Primrose Livestock Ltd.

RFID tags have been the only approved tags available to be issued for cattle since Sept. 1, 2006. However, producers were allowed until December 31, 2009 to phase out bar code tags for mature breeding stock and bulls. Bar code tags already applied to an animal should be left in the animal’s ear and an RFID tag must also be applied.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will delist the bar code tags from the approved tag list effective on January 1, 2010. As a result, after December 31, 2009, producers must apply an RFID tag and should have cross-referenced the bar code with the new RFID tag in the Canadian Livestock Tracking System (CLTS).

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