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Students from Lakeland College’s student-managed farm commercial beef unit with the school’s first cheque from the Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration Pilot. In front (from left) Michelle Duckworth, Loralee Ryan, Mikayla Blaschuk and Hayley Clark. In back (from left) are program head Bevin Hamilton and students Josh Arnold, Morgan Attrux and Keegan Miller.

Small cheque and big excitement for animal science students

Reading Time: 2 minutes An $18.52 cheque caused excitement among Lakeland College animal science technology students earlier this year. Students involved in the commercial beef unit of the student-managed farm received the payment in March after an animal they sold was processed through certified sustainable operations of the beef-supply chain. That triggered Lakeland’s first cheque through the Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration […] Read more

Cattle grazing in a field

Cattle traceability app upgraded

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) is making it easier for producers to report mandatory traceability data and stay compliant with an improved Canadian Livestock Tracking System (CLTS) MOBO app. The upgraded and free app enables easy access to the CLTS database from Android and iPhone devices and is more user friendly than the basic […] Read more


Cattle ID agency names 2018 board of directors

Cattle ID agency names 2018 board of directors

Reading Time: < 1 minute A number of Albertans will serve on the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency board of directors and executive committee in 2018. The agency has 19 directors, who are appointed by member organizations, with five serving on the executive committee. Joining chair Mark Elford (Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association) on the executive are Albertans Howard Bekkering (Alberta Beef […] Read more

Cattle producers urged to get premises identification number

Cattle producers urged to get premises identification number

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency is urging Alberta livestock producers to prepare for new livestock traceability regulations that once enacted will require them to have a valid, premises identification (PID) number. A producer can call Alberta’s PID registry at 310-FARM with a legal land description to confirm or acquire a PID, or contact a field […] Read more


CCIA releases tag retention report

CCIA releases tag retention report

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency has released its final report on its tag retention project. The four-year study tracked 2,000 calves, 1,000 yearlings, and 700 cows with RFID ear tags. The overall tag retention rate for calves exceeded 96 per cent while tag retention for yearlings ranged from 98 to 100 per cent. However, the […] Read more

There are too many gaps in Canada’s traceability system, provincial expert Rick Frederickson said at the recent Traceability Symposium.

A full and robust traceability system still years away

Alberta is one of the few provinces with mandatory premises identification, but some livestock owners still aren’t registered

Reading Time: 2 minutes A national traceability system covering the entire country would pay major benefits — but it currently has far too many gaps, says a senior traceability official. “The creation of a system has to be national in scope,” said Rick Frederickson, director of animal welfare and national traceability initiatives with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “We need […] Read more


Traceability is about more than food safety — it’s a way to establish a new relationship with consumers, food expert Sylvain Charlebois told attendees at the recent Traceability Symposium.

New era of traceability needs to involve the consumer

A system created to deal with food safety issues should also be a ‘conduit’ connecting consumers and farmers

Reading Time: 3 minutes One of Canada’s best-known food experts says that while farmers and the ag sector are trying hard to connect with consumers, they’re not pulling it off. And they’ll need to do better because customer engagement is critical in the new “era of supply chain transparency,” Sylvain Charlebois told the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency’s inaugural Traceability […] Read more

Bob Davies, project leader and quality manager with the SAIT Applied Research and Innovation Services department, at work in the school’s newly certified RFID test lab.

Alberta now home to world-class RFID tag testing lab

Lots can go wrong with plastic ear tags when it’s really cold and the new 
SAIT lab will help reduce the incidence of tag failure


Reading Time: 3 minutes Alberta is now home to an internationally certified laboratory for testing the radio frequency identification (RFID) tags used to track livestock across the value chain. The lab, located at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology’s (SAIT) Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS) department in Calgary, is one of only three certified animal RFID testing labs […] Read more


This small box — a data logger — could make life a lot easier on the ranch and at the feedlot by automating the process of tracking cattle.

Traceability poised for next step: Auto tracking of cattle

The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) is tapping 
into new technology to make traceability fast and easy

Reading Time: 3 minutes Automated tracking of cattle may soon be a reality. During the coming year, the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) will be experimenting throughout the province with data loggers installed at farms, feedlots, and auction markets to track cattle as they move through the value chain. “Movement is very difficult to track, especially when animals are […] Read more

Cattle traceability symposium coming to Calgary

Cattle traceability symposium coming to Calgary

Two-day event to be held, Nov. 2–3

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency will hold the inaugural Traceability Symposium 2016 in Calgary on Nov. 2-3. The two-day event will address traceability’s role; regulations and compliance; challenges and solutions; other assurance systems; and lessons learned. It is expected to draw attendees from Canada, United States, European Union, Australia and New Zealand. Well-known food expert […] Read more