Alberta livestock owners now have easier access to information and services for the livestock traceability system through a new interactive map called Traceability Connects.
The map makes it easier for livestock producers to connect with traceability service providers, said Kelly Corbett, provincial traceability education co-ordinator
“The tool identifies over 80 locations province-wide that offer a range of livestock traceability services that are often free of charge,” said Corbett. “You can select the type of livestock, then the traceability service you need and the map will display all of the service providers for that service.
“For example, let’s say you need to transport your cattle outside of Alberta. You can use the tool to find a nearby livestock inspector from Livestock Identification Services (LIS), who can issue you a livestock permit. You can also narrow your search further by selecting a particular region in Alberta.”
The tool also allows producers to easily find other traceability-related services offered at that location or nearby.
“You can choose to search for auction markets to see what species of animals they sell,” said Corbett. “Traceability Connects can also identify the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency mobile field representative and the LIS livestock inspector who work out of that auction market and could assist you in meeting your traceability requirements.”
As all livestock owners are required to provide a premises identification (PID) number when purchasing medicine at an authorized medicine sales outlet, the tool can connect them to someone who can assist them to either find out what their PID number is or help them obtain a PID number.
The tool is also designed with stable owners and feedlot operators in mind. It will also be useful for animal owners who aren’t highly active in the livestock industry such as owners of backyard poultry flocks or acreage owners with only one or a few animals, said Corbett.
“Even folks who only have one animal, such as a pot-bellied pig or a horse that they consider a companion animal or pet, will find value. These groups of clients still need to meet traceability requirements, like registering in the premises identification system.”
The map can be found at agriculture.alberta.ca.