Avoid Unnecessary Penalties

Sept 23, 2016

National Livestock Identification and Traceability 

A friendly reminder from Jersey Canada

The busy fall months are upon us, and seasonal chores may include moving heifers to winter housing, taking cows to education demonstrations at the local fair, or participating in Jersey shows. Jersey Canada would like to remind all of our members that official Health of Animals Regulations require that all cattle must be identified with an approved tag before leaving the farm of origin or site where they were born.

For dairy cattle, this means that any heifer, cow, or bull – no matter what age - leaving your farm for any reason must have official ATQ or NLID tags in their ears before they are loaded on the trailer.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) inspectors are responsible for verifying compliance and enforcing livestock and traceability requirements. A few examples of non-compliance with traceability requirements include:

- Sending animals not identified as required (e.g. owning an animal that is not properly tagged);
- Transporting animals not identified as required (e.g. trucking an animal that is not properly tagged);
- Receiving animals not identified as required (e.g. hosting show or sale where an untagged animal is found);
- Altering an approved tag (e.g. cutting or removing an approved ATQ or NLID tag).

CFIA inspectors may take one of three potential enforcement actions if an animal is found which does not comply with traceability requirements:

1.A letter of non-compliance (i.e. a warning letter);
2.Administrative monetary penalty (i.e. a fine):
    a.$1,300 for a minor violation;
    b.$6,000 for a serious violation;
    c.$10,000 for a very serious violation;
3.Prosecution. 

Avoid unnecessary penalties! Please ensure that all of your animals are properly tagged with official ATQ or NLID tags before they leave the farm for any reason! 

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