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Canadian Sheep Federation implements its National Identification Program
December 29, 2003

[December 29, 2003 [Ottawa, ON] – The Canadian Sheep Federation is set to launch its National Identification program on January 1, 2004. This Canadian Sheep Identification Program (CSIP) is an industry-led initiative that has been designed to facilitate a flock of origin traceback system that addresses producer concerns regarding sheep health and meets consumer expectations for food safety.

This mandatory program requires that all sheep and lambs must bear an approved CSIP ear tag before they leave their flock of origin. In addition, records of movement must be kept on all sheep 18 months or older leaving any flock to a destination other than a provincial or federally inspected abattoir and all breeding sheep entering a flock where lambs are produced. Ear tags must not be removed from any live animal or tampered with for any reason.

The current tags approved for use are the Ketchum Kurl-Lock #3. Producers can purchase these pink tags through approved distributors. Tags carry a logo featuring a _ maple leaf with the letters "CA" and a nine- digit number between 310,000,000 and 319,999,999.

When tags are purchased, producers will be asked to provide their name, address and
phone number. This information will be entered into the central database maintained by the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) along with the purchased tag numbers. All information will be kept confidential and will only be accessed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in the event of an animal health or food safety concern.

"With the implementation of the CSIP, the Canadian Sheep Federation is joining other livestock commodities in preventing and controlling the spread of disease, while simultaneously ensuring the safety of our food supply" says Randy Eros, Chair of the Canadian Sheep Federation.

The Canadian Sheep Federation is a national, non-profit organization that represents all Canadian sheep producers. Its mission is to work closely and cooperatively with all levels of government and industry related organizations, both domestic and foreign, to further the viability, expansion and prosperity of the Canadian sheep and wool industry.

For more information on the Canadian Sheep Identification Program, please contact the Canadian Sheep Federation at:

(613) 248-8084
1-888-684-7739

 

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