The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) is reminding producers that as of January 1, 2010, all cattle must be tagged with approved CCIA radio frequency identification (RFID) tags.
RFID tags have been the only approved tags since September 1, 2006. However, producers were allowed (until December 31, 2009) to phase out bar code tags for mature breeding stock and bulls.
Already-applied bar code tags should be left in the animal’s ear and a RFID tag must also be applied to that animal once bar code tags are no longer approved. The producers should cross-reference the barcode tag with the new RFID tag in the Canadian Livestock Tracking System (CLTS). If producers need assistance to cross-reference the tags, they can call 1-877-909-BEEF (2333).
On the recommendation of CCIA, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will de-list bar code tags from the approved tag list effective January 1, 2010.