Cattle in Alberta, Canada
Cattle in Alberta, Canada

( A new, recent rule requires all cattle to be tagged with RFID tags if they are being moved from their location of origin such as a farm.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency stated that the barcode must be left on the ear of the animal in addition to an RFID tag on the same animal.

This procedure will help to maintain all the information about the animal.  The Canadian Livestock Tracking system will allow producers to cross-reference the identification number on the RFID tag with the barcode number.

Producers in Quebec are still permitted to leave both the barcodes as well as the RFD tags on the cattle.

Any cattle that arrived on pastures before July 1st do not need to be immediately retagged until December 31st and may be transferred to their home farm where and approved tag can be used.

However, if the animal is leaving the pasture to go somewhere other than its home farm that a RFID approved tag is immediately required before it moves.

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  1. Nicely planned out article! I only wish I had noticed this earlier ago, it would have helped solve a few issues.

  2. Looking for a similar system for security reasons. Is there something that can be given orally and have the reader pick the animal up from over 50m or more?

  3. Mark,
    There is no technology available to do that yet, there is an alternative using beacon tags with GPS. Its been done, and works, but… it is very costly at a range of 65.00 to 125.00 per beacon tag, and not really cost prohibitive for livestock.

  4. keep up the great work on the site. I love it. Could maybe use some more updates more often, but i am sure that you have got other things things to do like we all have to do unfortunately. =) 62298