Amendment to the Health of Animals Regulations to establish a national pig traceability system – Scenarios for different movement and reporting requirements

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The following scenarios provide a description of the regulatory requirements that would apply in specific situations on 1 July 2014 for pigs and on 1 July 2015 for both pigs and farmed wild boars. The scenarios are not exhaustive or all inclusive, but they are intended to cover the most common events captured by the regulatory amendments.

Scenario 1: Movement of pigs between parts of a farm that are contiguous

Description: This scenario applies to the movement of pigs within the same part of a farm (e.g. from a farm building to another farm building located on the same parcel of land) or to a contiguous part of the same farm.

Identification requirements: There are no identification requirements for pigs in this scenario.

Reporting of movement information: There are no movement reporting or recording requirements in this situation.

Other specific requirements: There are no other specific requirements in this scenario.

Scenario 2: Movement of pigs between parts of a farm that are not contiguous or between farms

Description: Under this scenario, pigs are moved between parts of a farm that are not contiguous or between farms.

These requirements do not apply if the pigs are transported to a contiguous site on that farm (see scenario 1).

These requirements also do not apply for pig moved between farm sites registered as linked (see scenario 3).

Identification requirements: Pigs that have been bred shall be identified with an approved tag before leaving the site of departure. All other pigs do not need to be identified under scenario 2 if the below-mentioned information is reported.

Reporting of movement information: Both the operator of the departure site and of the destination site shall report to the responsible administrator the movement information within seven (7) days. In the case of the operator of the departure site, within seven (7) days of the departure of the pigs and in the case of the operator of the destination site, within seven (7) days of receiving the pigs.

Movement information to be reported by the operator of the departure site:

  • Date of departure;
  • Time of departure;
  • Location of departure site and destination site;
  • Number of pigs loaded;
  • Identification numbers of any approved tags;
  • License plate number or, if there is no license plate, other identification of the conveyance.

Movement information to be reported by the operator of the destination site:

  • Date of arrival;
  • Time of arrival;
  • Location of departure site and destination site;
  • Number of pigs that arrived;
  • Identification numbers of any approved tags;
  • License plate number or, if there is no license plate, other identification of the conveyance.

Other specific requirements: the operator of the departure site ensures that the pigs being transported are accompanied with the required information in a form that can be immediately read by an inspector.

All of the movement information specified above shall be recorded and the records kept for a period of five (5) years.

Scenario 3: Movement of pigs between farm sites registered as linkedFootnote 1

Description: This scenario applies to the movement of pigs within a farm, or from a farm to another if the two sites have been registered as linked between each other.

The eligibility criteria for sites to be registered as linked are specified under subsections 172.1 (1) to 172.1 (3) of the Health of Animals Regulations.

The requests for sites to be registered as linked are to be reviewed by the responsible administrator.

Sites are registered as linked for a period of six months. The registration can be renewed if the conditions stated in the Regulations are still met.

Identification requirements: Pigs that have been bred shall be identified with an approved tag before leaving the departure site. All other pigs do not need to be identified.

Reporting of movement information: Both the operator of the departure site and of the destination site shall report to the responsible administrator on a monthly basis the total number of pigs being transported between the sites registered as linked as well as the number of pig movements between the linked sites.

The registration would be cancelled if, by the end of the 10th day of any month in the six-month period, the required information is not reported.

Movement information to be kept in records (not reported) by the operator of the departure site:

  • Date of departure;
  • Time of departure;
  • Location of departure site and destination site;
  • Number of pigs loaded;
  • Identification numbers of any approved tags;
  • License plate number or, if there is no license plate, other identification of the conveyance.

Movement information to be kept in records (not reported) by the operator of the destination site:

  • Date of arrival;
  • Time of arrival;
  • Location of departure site and destination site;
  • Number of pigs that arrived;
  • Identification numbers of any approved tags;
  • License plate number or, if there is no license plate, other identification of the conveyance.

Other specific requirements:  the operator of the departure site ensures that the pigs being transported are accompanied with the required information in a form that can be immediately read by an inspector.

All of the movement information specified above shall be recorded and the records kept for a period of five (5) years.

Scenario 4: Movement of pigs to sites such as auctions, fairs, test stations, insemination centres.

Description: These requirements apply to movements to sites such as auctions, fairs, test stations and insemination centres.

Identification requirements: All pigs shall be identified with an approved tag before leaving the site of departure.

Reporting of movement information: Both the operator of the departure site and of the destination site shall report to the responsible administrator the movement information within seven (7) days. In the case of the operator of the departure site, within seven (7) days of the departure of the pigs and in the case of the operator of the destination site, within seven (7) days of receiving the pigs.

Movement information required to be reported by the operator of the departure site:

  • Date of departure;
  • Time of departure;
  • Location of departure site and destination site;
  • Number of pigs loaded;
  • Identification numbers of approved tags applied to pigs;
  • License plate number or, if there is no license plate, other identification of the conveyance used to transport the pigs.

Movement information required to be reported by the operator of the destination site:

  • Date of arrival;
  • Time of arrival;
  • Location of departure site and destination site;
  • Number of pigs that arrived (including carcasses);
  • Identification numbers of approved tags applied to pigs;
  • License plate number or, if there is no license plate, other identification of the conveyance.

Other specific requirements: All of the movement information specified above shall be recorded and the records kept for a period of five (5) years.

Scenario 5: Movement of pigs to an assembly yard

Description: This requirement applies to movements to an assembly yard (defined here as a "site used exclusively for the purpose of collecting animals before they are transported to an abattoir").

Identification requirements: All pigs moving to an assembly yard shall be identified with either an approved slap tattoo bearing a herd mark (identification number of a large number of animals travelling, or kept together that corresponds to the site of departure) or an approved tag.

Pigs already bearing an approved tag before being transported to an assembly yard do not need to be re-identified.

Reporting of movement information: Both the operator of the departure site and of the assembly yard shall report to the responsible administrator the movement information within seven days. In the case of the operator of the departure site, within seven days of the departure of the pigs and in the case of the operator of the assembly yard, within seven days of receiving the pigs.

Movement information to be reported by the operator of the departure site:

  • Date of departure;
  • Time of departure;
  • Location of departure site and destination site;
  • Number of pigs loaded;
  • License plate number or, if there is no license plate, other identification of the conveyance.

If an approved tag or approved slap tattoo was applied at the departure site, the operator of the departure site shall also report the:

  • Identification numbers of approved tags and approved slap tattoos applied to the pigs.

Movement information to be reported by the operator of the destination site:

  • Date of arrival;
  • Time of arrival;
  • Location of departure site and destination site;
  • Number of pigs that arrived (including carcasses);
  • License plate number or, if there is no license plate, other identification of the conveyance.

Other specific requirements:  All of the movement information specified above shall be recorded and the records kept for a period of five (5) years.

Scenario 6: Movement of pigs from an assembly yard to an abattoir

Description: This requirement applies to movements from an assembly yard (defined here as a site used exclusively for the purpose of collecting animals before they are transported to an abattoir) to an abattoir.

This requirement applies to all abattoirs regardless of whether or not they are inspected by Federal or Provincial/Territorial governments. This requirement also applies to mobile abattoirs.

Identification requirements: All pigs shall be identified with either an approved slap tattoo bearing a herd mark or an approved tag. Under this specific situation, the approved tag may bear a herd mark instead of an identification number unique to an animal.

Pigs already bearing an approved tag or approved slap tattoo before being transported to an assembly yard do not need to be re-identified.

Reporting of movement information: Both the operator of the assembly yard and of the abattoir shall report to the responsible administrator the movement information within seven days. In the case of the operator of the departure site, within seven days of the departure of the pigs and in the case of the operator of the abattoir, within seven days of receiving the pigs.

Movement information to be reported by the operator of the assembly yard:

  • Date of departure;
  • Time of departure;
  • Location of departure site and destination site;
  • Number of pigs loaded;
  • License plate number or, if there is no license plate, other identification of the conveyance.

The requirement is that all pigs sent to an assembly yard would be identified with an approved tag or approved slap tattoo by the operator of the departure site. But if an approved tag or approved slap tattoo needs to be applied at the assembly yard, the operator of the assembly yard shall also report the:

  • Identification numbers of approved tags and approved slap tattoos applied to the pigs.

Movement information to be reported by the operator of the abattoir:

  • Date of arrival;
  • Time of arrival;
  • Location of departure site and destination site;
  • Number of pigs that arrived (including carcasses);
  • Identification numbers of approved tags or approved slap tattoos;
  • License plate number or, if there is no license plate, other identification of the conveyance.

Other specific requirements:  All of the movement information specified above shall be recorded and the records kept for a period of five (5) years.

Scenario 7: Movement of pigs directly to an abattoir

Description: This requirement applies to all abattoirs, regardless if they are inspected by Federal or Provincial/Territorial governments. This requirement also applies to mobile abattoirs.

This requirement does not apply to pigs moved to an assembly yard before being sent to an abattoir (see scenario 6 above).

Identification requirements: Pigs shall be identified with either an approved slap tattoo bearing a herd mark or an approved tag.

Pigs already bearing an approved tag before being transported to an abattoir would not need to be re-identified.

Reporting of movement information: Both the operator of the departure site and of the abattoir shall report to the responsible administrator the movement information within seven days. In the case of the operator of the  departure site, within seven days of the departure of the pigs and in the case of the operator of the abattoir, within seven days of receiving the pigs.

Movement information to be reported by the operator of the departure site:

  • Date of departure;
  • Time of departure;
  • Location of departure site and abattoir;
  • Number of pigs loaded;
  • License plate number or, if there is no license plate, other identification of the conveyance.

If the approved tag or approved slap tattoo was applied at the departure site, the operator of the departure site shall also report the:

  • Identification numbers of approved tags and approved slap tattoos applied to pigs.

Movement information to be reported by the operator of the abattoir:

  • Date of arrival;
  • Time of arrival;
  • Location of departure site and abattoir;
  • Number of pigs that arrived (including carcasses);
  • Identification numbers of approved tags or approved slap tattoos;
  • License plate number or, if there is no license plate, other identification of the conveyance.

Other specific requirements:  All of the movement information specified above shall be recorded and the records kept for a period of five (5) years.

Scenario 8: Movement of pig carcasses

Description: This requirement applies to all movements of pig carcasses or part(s) of a pig carcass.

Identification requirements: There is no requirement for pig carcasses to be identified, regardless if they are disposed on-farm or if they are to be transported off-site.

Reporting of movement information: Both the operator of the departure site and of the destination site (e.g., rendering facility, dead stock centre) shall report to the responsible administrator movement information within seven days. In the case of the operator of the departure site, within seven days of departure of the pig carcasses or part(s) of a pig carcass. In the case of the operator of the destination site, within seven days of receiving the pig carcasses or part(s) of a pig carcass.

Movement information to be reported by the operator of the departure site:

  • Date of departure;
  • Location of departure site;
  • Location of destination site (alternatively, the name of the operator of the destination site).

Movement information to be reported by the operator of the destination site:

  • Date of arrival;
  • Location of departure site;
  • Location of destination site (alternatively, the name of the operator of the destination site);
  • License plate number or, if there is no license plate, other identification of the conveyance.

Other specific requirements: Every person who owns or has the possession, care or control of the pig carcasses shall ensure that the pig carcasses are accompanied with the required information in a form that can be immediately read by an inspector.

All of the movement information specified above shall be recorded and the records kept for a period of five (5) years. If a pig bearing an approved tag or an approved tag that has been revoked is slaughtered or otherwise dies on a farm, the operator of the farm shall keep a record of the slaughter or death of the pig and the identification number on its tag.

Scenario 9: Export of pigs

Identification requirements: all pigs exported shall be identified in a manner approved by the importing country.

Reporting of movement information: Every person who exports a pig shall report to the responsible administrator the movement information within seven (7) days after the exportation of the pig.

Movement information to be reported by the exporter:

  • Date(s) that the pigs were loaded onto the export conveyance;
  • Location the last sites on which pigs were kept before export;
  • Location to which the pigs were exported;
  • Number of pigs from each of the sites where pigs were loaded onto the export conveyance;
  • Number of pigs that were exported to each of those locations;

Identification numbers on the indicators approved by the importing country applied to pigsFootnote 2;

  • The number of pigs bearing each of those identification numbers;
  • License plate number or, if there is no license plate, other identification of the conveyance.

Other specific requirements:  Every person who exports a pig shall ensure that, before its export, it has applied to it an indicator approved by the importing country and bearing or corresponding to an identification number issued by the responsible administrator.

All of the movement information specified above shall be recorded and the records kept for a period of five (5) years. Any other export requirements under the Health of Animals Act apply.

Scenario 10: Import of pigs

Identification requirements: All pigs being imported shall be identified with an approved tag, including pigs imported for immediate slaughter. Pigs imported into Canada may bear a foreign indicator considered by the Minister as equivalent to a Canadian approved tag. In such a case, those pigs would not need to be identified with an approved tag when imported.

Reporting of movement information: Every person who imports a pig shall report to the responsible administrator the movement information within seven days of the import of the pig.

Movement information to be reported by the importer:

  • Date of reception;
  • Location of the last site at which the pig was kept before import;
  • Location of the site to which the pig was imported;
  • Identification numbers of approved tags;
  • License plate number or, if there is no license plate, other identification of the conveyance.

Other specific requirements:  All of the movement information specified above shall be recorded and the records kept for a period of five (5) years. Any other import requirements under the Health of Animals Act apply.

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