The Canadian Sheep Identification Program (CSIP) is a mandatory, industry-led initiative to develop a traceback system that will lead to a full-scale traceability system and the capacity to address producer concerns about sheep health, provide valuable management feedback to producers, and meet consumer expectations for quality assurance and food safety.
In June 2010, the Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) approved a motion to move the sheep industry towards mandatory Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags. In addition to supporting a national identification program, RFID technology provides new management tools that offer many benefits to sheep producers.
CSF, in collaboration with industry, continues to work to ensure that RFID technology systems and electronic tools work for the entire industry. For instance, tools and systems that are practical and easy to use, and that ensure traceability requirements can be met on-farm and throughout the value chain.
Under the current CSIP, producer and stakeholder responsibilities include:
All sheep or lambs entering your flock for breeding purposes
All sheep 18 months or older leaving your farm, other than those sold directly to a federally or provincially inspected abattoir
Sheep deadstock:You must report the identification number of the approved and revoked tag(s) borne by the carcass to CLTS. Collect, keep in records and report the following information.:
The CSIP Working Group advises the CSF Board of Directors on the development and implementation of the CSIP, RFID technology and traceability for the sheep industry. This includes evaluation, approval, testing of tags, taggers, software and any equipment related to use of RFID technology for producers, as well as any other items involving the CSIP. Members of the initial working group included:
Report CSIP information to the responsible administrator database CLTS or call 1-877-909-2333
Traceability is no longer optional for the Canadian sheep industry. The industry must adapt to the changing requirements of an evolving global food production system to sustain current markets, remain viable and realize its immense potential. The CSF continues to work with industry partners and the federal and provincial governments to implement a full traceability program that works for Canadian producers. RFID is currently the best option available to support national traceability to move the Canadian sheep industry forward. The three pillars of full traceabilty is Animal Identification, Premises Identification and Animal Movement.
On March 1, 2018, there was a regulatory update to the Livestock Identification and Traceability Program. This update provides an overview of the progress for the proposed amendments to Part XV of the federal Health of Animals Regulations.
Consultations with industry and provinces in 2013 and 2015 identified some gaps and opportunities to improve the livestock traceability system in Canada. Some of the changes under the proposed amendments are:
The proposed regulations are expected to be published in spring or fall 2018 in Part I of the Canada Gazette, following which, stakeholders will have 75 days to review and provide comment. After reviewing and considering all comments received, the finalized regulations will be published in Part II of the Canada Gazette?and will come into force immediately.