|Canadian Bison Identification and Traceability
The bison identification program is an industry program initiated and established trace back system for the control and eradication of disease. The bison traceability system is operated in conjunction with the Canadian Cattle Identification (CCIA) system.
All bison leaving their herd of origin must be tagged with the approved Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) or the previously approved dangle tag. Bison RFID tags are part of a number sequence allocated to bison and are white in colour. It is illegal to use yellow coloured RFID tags.
Bison tags can only be purchased from the Canadian Bison Association. Upon ordering tags they are shipped directly to the producer by Kane Veterinary Supplies in Edmonton, AB.
To order tags, click here for an English-Bison Identification Tag Order Form.
To order tags, click here for a French-Bison Identification Tag Order Form.
To Request refund of industry development fees, click here.
Important RFID Tag Notice
PLEASE NOTE: Kane Vet Supplies, the company that sends out RFID tags, Taggers, TAG Readers, etc., will be CLOSED on Thursday, June 27 and Friday, June 28th for their annual inventory count.
ALL orders must be in to Kane no later than Friday, June 21st in order for orders to filled and sent out by Wednesday June 26th. Any pick-up orders must be collected by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday June 26th.
Kane Vet Supplies will be re-opened Tuesday, July 2, 2013 (after Canada Day weekend).
CBA highly recommends that if you think you need RFID tags, taggers, etc. to have your orders in by Monday, June 24th in case there is a back up of orders or inventory is low.
NEW! Now available through the Canadian Bison Association: RFID(EID) tag readers click here
Maximizing the benefits of RFID technology click here
Important Guidelines for Producers
- All bison must be tagged with the approved tag before leaving their herd of origin (unless going to an approved tagging site).
- The bison RFID tags are white in colour – yellow RFID tags are illegal for bison
- The tags should be applied according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Bison Identification tags should never be reused.
- Records of the ID number of re-tagged animals (i.e.. bison who have lost tags) should be kept along with any known information of where they came from.
- Bison tags may be removed from an animal that is dead because of slaughter or being processed by a renderer.
- Every person who exports an animal shall ensure that the number of the animal’s approved tag is reported to the administrator (CCIA), along with the number of any tag applied to the animal in place of the approved tag, within 30 days after exportation. Click here for CFIA Export Requirements, etc.
- Improper bison identification can result in unnecessary monetary penalties.
- Please note that the previously issued approved bison dangle tags are at this time still legal.
Bison Identification Questions & Answers
Click here to view the most frequently asked questions and answers on RFID tags.
The bison industry has been a strong supporter of animal / product tracing and trace back.
There are three pillars or areas of traceability.
- Animal identification
- Premises identification
- Recording of all animal movement.
The bison industry through official bison tags is well on it way to fulfill the first pillar. Now the focus is on providing information to producers on premises identification and animal movement.
The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) is the official administrator for cattle, bison and sheep. The CCIA database is where all events associated with traceability are recorded. Below is the link to the CCIA website:
Premises identification is the assignment of a randomly generated, unique identification
number to a physical land location referred to as a premises location allocator
identification number or premises identification number (PLA ID or PID).
Premises identification is regulated provincially. Once you have a provincial PID number it may be added to the account you have established with CCIA. The following link is to a document that will direct producers to the applicable provincial departments for premise registration. http://www.canadaid.com/Premise_ID/documents/Premises-FAQ-01-v6.pdf
Recording animal movement is the reporting on the CCIA data base of any movement of animals in or out of your inventory (CCIA ID profile).
You will always be recognized as the herd of origin for animals born on your premises; however each movement of animals for whatever reason should be documented. This would allow fast and accurate tracking for a faster response to assist producers if an animal health or food safety issue should ever arise.
Here is the link to the CLTS resource centre website to assist you with this documentation http://support.canadaid.ca/. Recording movement events allows producers to have documentation of time line in the event of a disease occurrence.
THE CBA IS COMMITTED TO TRACEABILITY AND WILL ASSIT PRODUCERS TO FULFILL THE THREE PILLARS.
PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT THE OFFICE FOR ASSISTANCE