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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

Vince McConnell, beef sector business development specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, spoke at last month’s Direct Farm Marketing conference.

Bar-code system can link every package of meat to the farm

Ontario-based co-operative offers new tracking options for small and medium-size operations

Telling customers about their farm and how their animals are raised is part of the marketing strategy for grass-fed beef producers, and two tools to help them were demonstrated at the Direct Farm Marketing Conference here last month. “We have some neat systems developing that are great tools to use in the endeavour of producing


Is beef traceability being used to its full potential?

Other countries extend traceability right to the packaging of meat so customers can 
find out what individual animal and farm it came from

As I’ve been travelling this past year, I’ve been astonished by the level of traceability in processing plants abroad. I was welcomed into two plants, on two different continents, with open arms and fantastic hospitality with the only request being I leave my camera outside. Geographically these two businesses couldn’t be further apart but their

Mandatory swine-tracking rules now in place for Canada

There are a lot of new procedures for farmers moving pigs

A new law to track Canada’s pigs took effect July 1. It’s designed to keep herds healthy, improve food safety and promote exports, Manitoba Pork Council chair Karl Kynoch said in a telephone broadcast June 25. “Traceability has become mandatory and is extremely important for both tracking diseases here in Manitoba and to eliminate them

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


Traceability initiatives announced

Staff / New regulations will soon make traceability mandatory for pigs, the federal government has announced. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is proposing regulations that would require custodians of pigs to identify all farmed pigs and farmed wild boars using approved methods and record and report all movements of pigs from birth or import, to

Feds fund national ID data system

staff / The federal government will put up $500,000 to create a single national data management system for livestock traceability. Pierre Lemieux, the federal parliamentary secretary for agriculture, announced the funding for the creation of a new single system, Canadian Agri-Traceability Services (CATS) at the Calgary Stampede. CATS will provide traceability data services for both

Pilot project exports soybeans

CentrePort Canada Inc. has launched a pilot project to export 250 tonnes of soybeans from Manitoba to China by container. The soybeans pilot project will utilize new Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to ensure the security and quality of the shipment, according to a release. The system involves an RFID tag being placed on the


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

Auction Marts Need More Information As Traceability Marches Onward

Livestock traceability has moved another step forward after another $1.6 million federal funding, but industry remains uncertain of details, including how and when it will be implemented. “A national traceability system is a win-win for Canadian producers, the value chain, and consumers,” Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said in a release announcing the funding last month.