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Why Do We Need To Identify Sheep?
goal of animal identification is to prevent and control the spread of
disease and to provide safe food to consumers. The Canadian Sheep Identification
Program will dramatically increase our ability to respond to any disease
outbreaks and will increase consumer confidence in our product. Although
the national flock currently enjoys a highly rated health status, a disease
outbreak can occur at anytime.
National identification is also essential for the development of effective
disease eradication programs.
Canadian Sheep Identification Program is, in part, a response to domestic
and international pressure for livestock industries to develop effective
traceback systems. Recent outbreaks of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
(BSE) in Europe, E. coli in Belgium and the United States, and Foot and
Mouth Disease (FMD) in the United Kingdom devastated livestock industries
because traceback systems did not exist. Here in Canada, the need for
livestock identification has been heightened since the initial discovery
of BSE in May 2003. Governments and industries have realized that effective
traceability systems are required to prevent and control the spread of
disease by tracing its origin from the farm gate to the consumers
In Canada, the cattle industry, including bison, successfully implemented
the final phase of its program in July, 2002. The pork, goat, and cervid
sectors are also preparing to implement similar programs.
Livestock identification is also happening throughout the world. The World
Trade Organization (WTO) is insisting all of its members upgrade their
diagnostic and surveillance capabilities to reduce risk when animals are
imported and exported.
In 2002, the sheep industry exported over 11,000 animals. The Canadian
Sheep Identification Program is necessary to maintain access to both our
domestic and international markets.