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Livestock premises ID participation strengthens Canadian agriculture

July 25, 2017

Livestock traceability protects Canada’s livestock industry and the public’s well-being by strengthening the ability to respond quickly to disease outbreaks, food safety issues and natural disasters.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), provinces and territories, and members of the livestock industry are promoting #PremisesIDWeek taking place from July 25 to 31, 2017. They are encouraging producers, farmers and operators in the Canadian livestock supply chain to participate in livestock premises identification.

Identifying premises for livestock operations has many benefits, particularly during an emergency or disease outbreak. Knowing where livestock are located and how to contact owners can reduce potential economic, social and environmental impacts to livestock operations. Livestock traceability that uses valid premises identification numbers helps the industry to:

* rapidly notify registered livestock stakeholders
* prepare, manage and reduce the impact of animal health or food safety issues, such as diseases, fires or floods
* track and trace animals in the event of an emergency
* better manage emergencies to help maintain market access

The CFIA is considering changes to the Health of Animals Regulations ( for livestock traceability. These changes would require all Canadian operators of premises where livestock may be loaded or unloaded from a vehicle to have a valid premises identification number for each site, and to report the number when receiving livestock.

Canada’s livestock traceability system is a collaborative effort involving federal, provincial and territorial governments as well as livestock and poultry sectors. A robust traceability system helps ensure we can continue to maintain Canada’s world-class reputation of producing safe and healthy food, which helps ensure a profitable agricultural sector.

For more information on getting your free premises identification number, or to find a contact in your province or territory, please visit ( .


“Being able to trace the movement history of an animal from one point to another will strengthen Canada’s ability to respond quickly to health threats and other emergencies. We encourage producers and stakeholders across the supply chain to increase participation in livestock premises identification.”
* Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Quick Facts

* Getting a premises identification number is free and easy. Operators need to provide the following information: location of the premises; animal species kept at the premises; the type of agriculture and food operations; and contact information.
* The five Canadian provinces with mandatory premises identification are Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta – but all provinces and territories have systems in place to issue PID numbers.
* Sectors such as poultry have already independently developed systems for collecting traceability information.
* New or existing premises identification numbers should be shared with livestock traceability administrators, such as the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency or Pig Trace Canada, to initiate or complete registration.

Official News Release Document  



Ottawa, ON (February 28, 2017) - The Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) is pleased to announce that it has completed Technical Review Part 2 of its Food Safe Farm Practices Program under the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA’s) Food Safety Recognition Program.  This CFIA-led management system review examined the CSF’s Food Safe Farm Practices Program and found that it meets Government Requirements for a Management Manual of a National Food Safety Program, supporting the production of safe food at the farm level.

“We’re pleased with the outcome of the management system’s technical review” says Phil Kolodychuk, CSF Chairman “and appreciate the CFIA’s recognition of our ability to deliver this program to Canadian sheep farmers and ranchers.  We would also like to thank Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for partnering with us, providing project funding through Growing Forward 2.”

The Food Safety Recognition Program has been developed as a framework for industry groups to develop quality assurance programs for producers within their sector. A recognized quality assurance program is a positive step in helping to build consumer trust in Canadian lamb products in both domestic and international markets.

CSF Executive Director Corlena Patterson and National On-Farm Food Safety Coordinator Kristy House met with Martin Appelt (Director, Program Control and Performance Division – CFIA), Dr Boubacar Sidibe (National Manager, Program Design and Modernization - CFIA), Iliyan Staykov (National Coordinator, Food Safety Recognition Program) and the rest of the Program team in Ottawa the morning of Feb 23^rd 2017 to accept the Certificate and Letter of Completion.

For more information about the Canadian sheep industry’s Food Safe Farm Practices Program, visit our website, email us at ( or give us a call at 1.888.684.7739.

April 25, 2016 Interested in knowing more about your flock’s parasite status?Looking for volunteer flocks in Saskatchewan!
In the summers of 2014 and 2015, Drs. Michel Levy and John Gilleard from the University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine, have undertaken surveys of sheep farms in Alberta to assess the level of parasites present. They also conducted more detailed investigation of anthelmintic resistance of a number of farms in Alberta by on-farm visits to perform fecal egg count reduction tests. The results of this work suggests that many Alberta sheep flocks have high parasite burdens and that ivermectin and fenbendazole/albendazole resistant parasites may be more common than previously thought in the province.
The Alberta Meat and Livestock Agency (ALMA) has approved funding for a more comprehensive research project to run over three years from 2015 and the plan is to examine survey  sheep parasites in all four western provinces. Therefore, researchers from the University of Saskatchewan are now collaborating with Drs. Levy and Gilleard in this project and are looking for sheep flocks in Saskatchewan that would like to participate in this study this summer. The project will look at parasite burden and at the efficacy of treatment at the flock level. Molecular techniques for identification of parasites will be developed. Detection of parasite resistance to dewormers and its evolution will be monitored over several years.
If you have more than 60 ewes and would like to take part in this research project this year, please contact Dr. Fabienne Uehlinger at the University of Saskatchewan – right now!! Thank you for your help and interest in this project.Fabienne Uehlinger: or phone: 1-306-966-7062

CCWG announces price decrease for Shearwell CSIP ASET Tags - effective immediately April 15, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario - Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited (CCWG) has announced that effective immediately, the price of Shearwell CSIP ASET tags will decrease to $1.95, subject to CSIP fees and tag levies where applicable.  CCWG cites a slight increase in the Canadian dollar against the British pound and financial support from the UK tag manufacturer, Shearwell Data Limited as the contributing factors for the price cut.  CCWG has worked extensively with manufacturers to manage tag costs to producers.

February 05, 2016 Canada Improves Access to Cash Advances for Producers Read More

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November 16, 2015 Small ruminant import policy to change February 1, 2016

July 17, 2015 CSIP fees increase effective September 1st

July 2, 2015 News for Producers Dealing with Dry Conditions


April 9, 2015 ACC- The Advance Payments Program(APP) more info...

March 17, 2015 Harper Government Support Increases Access to Global Markets for Canadian Lamb Producers read entire news release.

Oct 31, 2014
New Markets Open for Canadian Sheep Products in Mexico The Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) is pleased to announce that, thanks to the efforts of the Market Access Secretariat (MAS), Canadian sheep and goat meat, offal and viscera from animals without any age restriction can now be shipped to Mexico. Prior to today's announcement, there were restrictions on these products that limited Canada's ability to export mutton to that country.
Early in 2014, the Canadian Sheep Federation filed a request with MAS to negotiate a new export certificate with Mexico that would allow the export of a wider range of Canadian sheep products to that country. MAS is industry's contact with the Federal Market Access Team, a portfolio which includes Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) that takes a collaborative approach to advance interests for Canadian agriculture abroad. The CSF worked with MAS by providing supporting statistics to the negotiations and prioritizing the market's importance to the Canadian sheep industry. Today's announcement exemplifies how successful collaboration between industry and government can create new international market opportunities and help grow the industry
"We are pleased with the announcement," says Phil Kolodychuk, Chairman of the Canadian Sheep Federation, "this opportunity increases the value of mature sheep and lends to increased profitability for Canadian sheep producers". In 2013, the total value of Canadian mutton exports was estimated to be worth slightly over $800,000. Canadian exporters now have an immediate opportunity to export $12.5 million worth of mutton to Mexico, a market value that could grow exponentially over time. Interested exporters should contact their Regional Canadian Food Inspection Agency office for more information and to obtain an export certificate.

Oct 9, 2014- Harper Government Supports National Livestock Traceability Database

Calgary, Alberta - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced an investment of $7.5 million to the Canadian Agri Traceability Services to develop, implement and operate a national livestock traceability data service.
This national traceability database will collect, maintain and manage information in accordance with national standards, federal and provincial regulations, and the specific needs and requirements of industry. The project is divided into two phases. The first phase will look at the development and implementation of the traceability database. The second phase will involve seeing it into operation.
The database will reduce red tape and complement the work the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is doing through the Traceability National Information Portal, one of 90 department-specific reforms under the Government’s Red Tape Reduction Action Plan. Streamlining regulations and cutting red tape will help to spur innovation and productivity in agriculture, as well as increase Canadian competitiveness and free business to innovate, invest, grow and create jobs.

Quick facts

  • Traceability is the ability to follow an item or group of items–including animals, plants, food products and agricultural inputs such as feed, seed or ingredients–from one point in the supply chain to another.
  • Traceability systems are key elements in helping to protect the health of animals and the public and support food safety.
  • Canadian Agri-Traceability Services is a new not-for-profit corporation that brings together the combined experience of the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) and Agri-Traçabilité Québec (ATQ).
  • This investment is being made through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s AgriMarketing Program, a five-year, up to $341-million initiative under Growing Forward 2.


“Our Government understands that traceability is a growing requirement for many markets around the world. Strengthening our traceability systems allows Canada’s livestock sector to continue to deliver the high-quality, safe and reliable products that consumers around the world have come to expect.”
- Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz
“By making this significant investment in the new traceability database, we are taking even more steps to protect the health and safety of our citizens. Through the Red Tape Reduction Action Plan, we will continue to uphold the public trust by safeguarding our food supply, all while freeing business from unnecessary, costly, and time-consuming red tape.”
- Treasury Board President Tony Clement
”Traceability plays a significant role not only in preventing and managing a disease outbreak but also in accessing markets globally. By combining the best from two separate traceability databases presently operated by CCIA and ATQ, the state of traceability in Canada will be improved while reducing the costs for industry and simplifying data reporting for producers.”
- Terry Kremeniuk, Chairman of the Board, Canadian Agri-Traceability Services
“The CCA welcomes the investment in Canada’s traceability system for livestock. This investment will help the Government of Canada deliver on its commitment to reducing red tape and in turn the costs of traceability, something livestock producers greatly appreciate.”
- Pat Hayes, co-chair of the CCA Animal Health and Care Committee and one of CCA’s directors on Canadian Cattle Identification Agency


Jeff English
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
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June 2014

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May, 2014

Unfortunately we have to advise that another price increase will be necessary effective immediately for the Shearwell CSIP ASET tags, due entirely to the currency exchange rate.

The Canadian dollar has continued to depreciate against British pound sterling since our last tag purchase, which will mean a 10¢ price increase to $1.85 will be required just to cover the difference in the currency conversion.  If you require more information please contact me to further discuss.


Eric Bjergso
General Manager
Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited
Box 130, 142 Franktown Rd
Carleton Place, ON K7C 3P3
613-257-2714   Cell 613-253-5665
Fax 613-257-8896

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Sheep Supply Canada

January 2014
The latest NFACC Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Sheep was released in December 2013. Hard copies are available.

Canadian Sheep Federation Tag Assessment Form

The goal of this assessment form is to assist the CSF in assessing the performance of official CSIP tags. The form provides producers, tag users, the opportunity to give feedback on the CSIP tag performance over time and in farm situations. By providing with CSF with feedback on tags, producers will help ensure that the industry is being provided with the best tags possible.
Please complete the form with as much detail as is known. Include, when possible, any damaged or tags found that animals have lost. These problem tags will help identify manufacturing or usage issues.
Upon completion of the form please forward by mail with damaged or recovered lost tags to:

Canadian Sheep Federation 130 Malcolm Road Guelph Ontario N1K 1B1

Tag Assessment Form


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