RFID Tag FAQs
Allflex plastic dangle tag and RFID tag are now available to producers..
While the use of the Allflex tags is not mandatory, they can be used in
place of the Ketchum Kurl Lock #3 pink tag.
The only exception is that producers, who are
shipping animals to Quebec, must use the Allflex RFID tag in conjunction
with either the Allflex dangle tag or the Ketchum tag as of January 1,
For producers in provinces other than Quebec you need to be aware of the
regulations that are being implemented in Quebec so that you can continue
to conduct business with producers and packing plants within that province.
This has generated several common questions;
If I am transporting sheep through the province
of Quebec to another province do they have to be tagged with RFID tags?
No. As long as the sheep are in transit through the province to a destination
outside the province of Quebec all that is required is the standard Ketchum
Kurl-Lock #3 CSIP tag.
What happens if I sell a breeding ewe or ram
to a producer in Quebec?
The animal must be identified with an RFID tag before it crosses the Quebec
If I sell lambs direct to a packing plant in
Quebec what do I do?
In order for the lambs to be accepted by a packing plant in Quebec they
will have to be identified with both an RFID tag and either a Ketchum
Kurl- Lock #3 CSIP tag or the Allflex CSIP dangle tag. Packing plants
in Quebec are not allowed to apply tags so it will be the shippers
responsibility to make sure that the lambs are tagged.
What happens if I ship lambs to a plant in Quebec
without the proper tags?
It is an offence for either a trucker or a packing plant in Quebec to
accept lambs not identified with adequate ID. You will not be able to
sell these animals in Quebec and will have to bring them home until they
What happens if sheep I consign to a sale barn
are bought by a Quebec buyer for a Quebec packing plant?
It is the responsibility of the transporter and the buyer to make sure
that the sheep has the correct tags. They will have to ensure that the
animals are tagged with CSIP RFID tags and this information is recorded
and passed on to ATQ.
Do I have to tag my sheep with RFID if I am
taking them to a livestock show in Quebec and then bringing them home?
If I have sheep consigned to a breeding stock
sale like the All Canada Sheep Classic that was held in Richmond Quebec
in 2003 would the sheep have to be tagged with RFID?
Do I need to cross reference the Ketchum tags
with the RFID tags that are also in my name?
Yes. Individuals applying a new tag to an animal must cross reference
the new tag number with the original tag number and keep a record.
For more information contact the Canadian Sheep Federation at 1-888-684-7739