Livestock Identification and Traceability

Traceability is the ability to follow an item or a group of items - be it animal, plant, food product or ingredient - from one point in the supply chain to another, either backwards or forwards. Livestock traceability systems are based upon three basic elements: animal identification; premises identification; and animal movement.

Traceability systems are important, effective tools that can be used for many things, including the protection of animal health, public health and food safety. They can help reduce response time, thereby limiting economic, environmental and social impacts of emergency situations such as disease outbreaks.

Identification and movement reporting requirements for cattle, bison, sheep, pigs and farmed wild boars apply under the Health of Animals Regulations.

Livestock Identification and Traceability Program

General description of regulatory requirements for:

Premises Identification:

Animal Identification:

Animal Movement:

Reporting Animal Identification and Traceability Information:

Additional Information:

News Releases

General information

Provincial traceability initiatives

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