FAQs on Age Verification
FAQs on Age Verification
Age Verification provides an effective and internationally recognized Age Verification Process. Producers can enter and store Birth Date information and have it readily available for domestic and export markets.
Age verification is not mandatory in Canada. Alberta regulation that required Age Verification (AV) of cattle was repealed in 2020. Even though AV is not mandatory regulated information producers are encouraged to record this information in the Canadian Livestock Tracking System (CLTS) database administered by the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) as part of building a world-class traceability system.
Detailed instructions are available in the CLTS Resource Centre or the Client Support Representatives can provide instructions over the phone. 1.877.909.2333
- Check animals’ Birth Dates prior to purchasing. Any Canadian Livestock Tracking System (CLTS) users can see Birth Dates by RFID tag number.
- Demand to see the birth certificate prior to purchasing. Any potential errors could be addressed with the seller at that time.
It can only be done by herd of origin of the account where the tag was issued to, not by any subsequent custodian of the animal.
Yes, it can. The account holder has the ability to change or delete from any of the CLTS applications including CLTS MOBO. This change can only be made by the herd of origin account holder.
If the requestor is the source of the Birth Date, they can make changes to the Birth Date directly in their CLTS account. If the requestor is not the source account then unfortunately, CCIA is unable to assist in making the change in Birth Date request as this is not mandatory/regulated data. While the CLTS database can receive Birth Date information from herd of origin account holders across Canada, there is no support available from CCIA for requests to change a Birth Date.
In Alberta where Age Verification was regulated and supported by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF), Alberta regulated parties who believe an error has been made can continue to contact the Ag Info Centre. AF will then take the necessary measures to contact the source account and ask them to correct the error or receive permission to administer the change on behalf of the source account. The “requestor” is never informed of who the source account is. If the source account is unreachable, or unresponsive to the situation, then no change is made.
Some export markets require that animals/carcasses be under a certain age. When the tag is read at the abattoir, the Birth Date attached to that tag becomes part of the information that will follow the carcass. If the Birth Date is wrong, it may disqualify the carcass for the targeted market, leading to lower prices or a downgrade.
Two common errors:
- Producers apply a birth range to a series of tags, but do not use all of them on the same calf crop. The leftovers are applied to animals born the following year, but the birth information is not updated.
- The wrong year is used when inputting the Birth Dates or range.