Tags and Readers

These tag application best practices apply to all approved CCIA tags.

Approved CCIA animal indicators/tags are required to have demonstrated specific retention characteristics. In order to meet all requirements defined in the standards, procedures and testing document, all animal tags must pass a series of extensive trials to test visual, mechanical, physical, electrical, readability and environmental capabilities. CCIA is continuously testing tags for potential approval for use in the Canadian Cattle Identification Program.

Approved CCIA non-breed specific beef tags have the following attributes:

    • A unique, 15-digit CCIA identification number
    • CCIA trademark (3/4 Maple Leaf and “CA” letters)
    • Vary in colour
    • Meet all requirements in the National Testing Framework for approval of tags

The unique, 15-digit CCIA identification number follows the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 11784 code structure for identification.

It reads electronically as:

LA 00000 0 124 000299999999
Animal Reserved Count Country Unique 15-digit Identification Number
View the list of Approved Animal Indicators
View the list of Revoked Animal Indicators
View the Animal Indicator Approval and Revocation Framework
Learn about best practices for maximizing retention of approved animal tags
Provide your feedback about approved animal tags using the Tag/Animal Indicator Quality Control Form

SPECIAL NOTE: New regulations and communication will see a shift in language from the use of “Approved Canadian Cattle Identification Agency Radio Frequency Identification Tags” to the use of “Approved Canadian Cattle Identification Agency Animal Indicators” or “Animal Indicators”. This change addresses animal identification devices that have alternative designs that may or may not include radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.

SAMPLE USAGE: A livestock operator must apply an approved animal indicator to an animal prior to the animal leaving its farm of origin or the premises where it is located.

There are two categories of RFID reader types:

    • Stationary readers are defined as not requiring direct human intervention in order to operate. They are intended to be installed and operated in fixed locations. Important requirements include increased read range and automated operation. Most, if not all, stationary readers will have separate transceivers and antennas.
    • Mobile readers are intended to be used in applications where stationary readers are impractical. In addition to read range, other important attributes include mobility, versatility, ruggedness and cost.

For more information:

Radio Frequency Identification Reader List

Reader Standards, Procedures and Testing criteria

Choosing the right mobile RFID reader for your operation

Provincial/territorial livestock traceability programs sometimes provide partial funding to eligible applicants. The goal of each program is to support industry members to address traceability issues and meet current and proposed livestock traceability requirements. Programs are funded by Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. Typically, funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please contact your provincial department of agriculture for more information.


Better tag application practices mean better tag retention.

Always use the manufacturer recommended applicator with the Approved CCIA tag of your choice and follow placement guidelines and instructions.

To View Applicators and Instructions click on Manufacturer’s logo below.





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