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Frequectly Asked Questions (FAQs)

Animal Identification

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When did the animal identification program start and why?
What are the approved animal indicators for use in the national livestock identification program?
What are the best practices for applying and retaining approved animal indicators?
Where can I purchase approved animal indicators?
What are the current regulations for livestock identification in Canada?
Why are we shifting language from the use of tags to animal indicators?
How can I transfer animal indicators (issued to my CLTS account) to another livestock operator (another CLTS database account)?
What are the standards, procedures and testing for approved animal indicators?
Where can I provide feedback on the quality and retention of approved animal indicators?

Premises Identification

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Where can I confirm/acquire a valid premises identification number from my region?s premises registry?
How do I add a valid premises identification number to my CLTS account?

Approved Readers

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Is there a list of readers that have been reviewed and approved for use?
How can I find a reader rebate program in my region?

 

As of July 1, 2010 all cattle must be tagged with an approved Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag prior to moving from their current location or leaving their farm of origin.

RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology:

  • Allows for optimal tag retention.
  • Provides accurate and efficient trace back information.
  • Allows for the electronic reading of numbers without previously required line of sight.
  • Ensures Canada has an accurate and comprehensive age verification system.
  • Provides the necessary basis for full animal movement tracking.

 

How do I select a reader for my livestock operation?

 

Age Verification is the association of animal birth date data with an Animal Identification Number (Single Tag or Tag Group). With the ever increasing demand for accurate age determination in Canadian cattle, Canadian Cattle Identification Agency implemented technological advancements to the national database that provides an effective and international recognized Age Verification Process. This free of charge program enables producers to store information and have it readily available should it be required by domestic or export markets. Producers who do not have internet access can assign a third-party user to submit information on their behalf.

For more information, please contact Canadian Cattle Identification Agency toll-free at 1-877-909-2333 or email at info@canadaid.ca

Technology

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How is radio frequency identification technology used in the livestock identification and traceability system?
Is CCIA exploring other animal identification technology for use in the livestock traceability program?
What research and technology is currently underway at CCIA?
Can I volunteer to take part in a current or future traceability research project?

Web Store

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How much do approved tag retailers pay for animal indicators?
How much do livestock operators pay for animal indicators?
What are the insurance requirements for an approved tag retailer and why?
How do I activate my web store account?
How do I use my web store account to order?

Canadian Livestock Tracking System database

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Where can I find the CLTS database?
How do I set up a new CLTS account?
Where can I find my CLTS account ID and username?
How do I reset my CLTS account password?
Where can I find instructions, templates and video tutorials to train and support me to use the CLTS database?
How do I update my account information?
What is the approval process to make CLTS account changes?
How can I add another user to my CLTS account?
How do I add a valid premises identification number to my CLTS account?
How do I correct an error in my CLTS account?
How do I submit a birth date to age verify an animal?
How do I print a birth certificate for an animal?
How can I acquire carcass data for an animal?
What are the estate arrangements I need to make for a deceased CLTS account holder

General

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Where can I find complimentary training and support to use the CLTS database?
What is livestock traceability?
How does the animal identification and livestock traceability system work?
What are the Health of Animals Regulations?
What are the proposed livestock traceability regulatory amendments?
Who enforces the Health of Animals Regulations?
What do I need to do as a livestock importer?
What do I need to do as a livestock exporter?
How are the livestock identification program and traceability initiatives for beef and dairy cattle, bison, sheep and goats funded?
What are CCIA?s responsibilities as the Responsible Administrator?
What are the responsibilities of regulated parties?
What are the details regarding privacy and confidentiality of the CLTS database?