Approved CCIA Animal Indicators

Approved CCIA Animal Indicators


Approved CCIA animal indicators are required to have demonstrated specific retention characteristics. In order to meet all requirement defined in the standards, procedures and testing document, all animal indicators 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 indicators have the following attributes:

  • A unique, 15-digit CCIA identification number
  • CCIA trademark (3/4 Maple Leaf and “CA” letters)
  • Are yellow in colour with a yellow backing stud (unless otherwise approved)
  • Meet all requirements in the Canadian National Standards for RFID technology

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 indicators
Provide your feedback about approved animal indicators using the Tag 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.

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