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PigTrace tag price going up

Hog producers will have to pay more for traceability in the near future. Canada’s PigTrace program will be raising ear tag prices as of Aug. 1. Prices will go up 20 cents for every small ear tag and 35 cents for every large ear tag, a release from the Manitoba Pork Council said. The Manitoba

Traceability changes to jumpstart enforcement in livestock movement reporting

Manitoba producers without a premise 
ID might find it hard to ship livestock once 
the Canadian Food Inspection Agency 
announces traceability changes 
expected next spring

The countdown is on for Manitoba beef producers to get a premise ID or risk being unable to ship cattle to feedlots. The beef industry is one of several (including sheep and poultry) facing changes by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency within the next year. The CFIA has promised tighter controls over livestock traceability and


Two newly tagged cattle walk under an archway equipped with ultra-high-frequency RFID readers that record their data during field testing with SAIT RADLab industry partner CL Ranches.

Ultra-high-frequency RFID takes tag reading to the next level

Forget reading one tag at a time, this technology can track every member of a herd going down an alley at once

Cattle producers could save themselves a fair bit of time and money — if they’re willing to make the shift from standard low-frequency RFID tags to a new ultra-high-frequency alternative. “The typical button tag has been around for a long time and works very well, but it’s in a low-frequency spectrum and the read range

And this little piggy goes to…? New traceability program on the way

Few producers are currently using PigTrace, but officials are urging them to become familiar with the system

It’s coming, so you might as well prepare. PigTrace — a nationwide traceability initiative — is expected to come into force on July 1, 2014, following changes to the federal Health of Animals Regulation. But so far, pork producers aren’t jumping on board. “The compliance rate across Canada is pretty low — no one is

Expert Panel Points To Major Problems

Major hurdles need to be overcome before a national beef traceability system can be introduced, members of an expert panel told beef producers meeting here Nov. 4. We have a bookend system, said Darcy Eddleston, chair of the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency s board of directors, at the Manitoba Beef Producers annual general meeting. We


Premise ID Mess Drags Down Livestock Traceability

Agovernment -imposed 2011 deadline for livestock traceability in Canada looks increasingly unattainable because of “dysfunctional” premise identification. Provinces are all over the map on premise ID, which pinpoints the locations of livestock farms and is one of the three key elements in livestock traceability. Some provinces are making headway while others have hardly begun. “If

A Primer On UHF And RFID Tag Readers

EAR TAG RULES: Required for all cattle, sheep, and bison leaving the herd of origin in Canada. The national livestock identification program is administered by the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency in cooperation with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) TAGS: Several low-frequency RFID tags are approved for use in Canada; all operate

RFID May Go The Way Of Bar Codes If New Technology Catches On

What does the cattle industry have to learn from Walmart? When it comes to ear tags, the answer is “more than you might think,” said David Moss, chief operating officer of Livestock Identification Services Ltd. Moss is a passionate supporter of replacing the radio frequency identification (RFID) cattle ear tags with passive (non-battery-equipped) Ultra-High Frequency


Study Suggests Livestock Traceability Deadline Unrealistic

“This could be the demise of livestock marketing as we know it today.” – BOB PERLICH, LETHBRIDGE Ever since the federal government announced 2011 as the deadline for a national livestock traceability system, Canada’s cattle industry has insisted the technology at auction markets isn’t up to the task. A new study agrees that radio frequency

Potential Benefits From Livestock ID

Here in Canada, we’re enhancing our livestock identification programs. Individual cattle ID with radio frequency eartags (RFID), age verification, premise ID, animal movement records – about the only thing that isn’t planned is a GPS locator attached to each individual animal. Incredibly, American efforts for a National Animal Identification System are back to Square 1.