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 disease outbreaks, food safety issues and natural disasters.

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

The following provides more information on the livestock identification and traceability program.

Regulatory requirements

Premises identification

Animal identification

Animal movement

Reporting animal identification and traceability information

Additional information

News releases

Proposed regulations

General information

Provincial traceability initiatives

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