Government and farmers have discussed regulations to govern the traceability of animals in Canada for a few years. Federal regulations are now proposed for consultations and expected to take effect in 2016. In the last 20 years, all dairy cattle have been identified. Quebec and Alberta already have regulations in place. Through the proAction initiative, verification of traceability standards on farms is a proactive measure.
From obtaining a premise identification number to maintaining an efficient tag retirement system, this checklist will help Canadian dairy farmers evaluate traceability standards on the farm. Traceability criteria can be evaluated through self-declaration or through an independent validator.
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- Do you have a premises identification number?
- Do you maintain current birth records on farm (birth date, Animal ID number)?
- (*In the 7 days following the animal’s birth or at the time the animal leaves the farm of origin, whichever occurs first.)
- Are you reporting animal birth information to the national traceability database within 45 days or before the animal leaves the farm of origin, whichever occurs first?
- Are your dairy cattle double-tagged with approved dairy tags (NLID/ATQ)?
- (*Calves must be tagged within 7 days of birth or before the animal leaves the farm of origin, whichever occurs first. Any calves born on farm and destined for beef industry may be identified with a single RFID ear tag (approved beef tag) – Except for provinces that requires dual tagging.)
- For animal move-in (reception of an animal at the farm, including import):
- Do you maintain current animal move-in records on farm (animal ID number, date of movement, premises identification number of farm of arrival and departure, license plate number)
- Are you reporting the information to the national traceability database?
(*Information must be recorded within 7 days of the event or before the animal leaves the farm, whichever occurs first?)
- For tag retirement (on-farm animal disposal or export):
- Do you maintain current tag retirement records on-farm?
- Are you reporting the event information to the national traceability database?
(*Information must be recorded and reported within 7 days of the event.)
The Traceability Toolkit is designed to help Canadian dairy farmers preserve herd health and to maintain standards that minimize any contamination that may arise.
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