It would appear that Canadian Cattle producers have been successfully led into the trap of RFID tagging for their livestock.  Using the same phony PR used by the USDA here in the states, a corporation which is also quite active in Canadian agriculture, NAIS is alive and well and headed our way.  And you thought this dog was run out!

Marti__________________________________________

 
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Farm Business Communications,  5/29/2010


Bar-coded cattle ID tags de-listed July 1

By Staff

Any bar-coded dangle tags still hanging from Canadian cattle’s ears will officially become plastic jewelry effective July 1.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which was previously expected to de-list bar code tags as of Jan. 1, 2010, said Friday that the bar code tags will be de-listed July 1 in favour of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags.

Starting July 1, all cattle must be tagged with approved RFID tags before they move from their current locations or leave their farms of origin.

“Although this change may be an additional one- time process for some producers, the ability to easily capture information from the RFID tags will help all producers in the long run,” said Darcy Eddleston, a Paradise Valley, Alta. producer and chairman of the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA), in a joint CFIA/CCIA release.

“We have worked with government to move forward on traceability and we believe that de- listing the bar-coded tag will advance traceability initiatives.”

Bar-coded dangle tags haven’t been available for purchase since 2006. But producers who still have unused dangle tags must not apply them to animals after July 1, the agencies said.

Existing bar-coded tags should not be removed, but left on the ear. An RFID tag must then be applied to the same animal, the agencies said.

Producers who haven’t already done so must cross-reference that new RFID tag with the existing bar-coded dangle tag in the Canadian Livestock Tracking System (CLTS) to make sure all tag data and history on a given animal is maintained. That data includes all events uploaded by the producer against the tag.

Any producer needing help to cross-reference his or her dangle and RFID tags is advised to call the CCIA at 1-877-909-2333. This cross-referencing was previously expected to be done by Dec. 31, 2009.

“RFID technology is critical to advancing the traceability system and maintaining the speed of commerce that our producers require to remain competitive in the marketplace,” Travis Toews, a Beaverlodge, Alta. rancher and president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, said in Friday’s release.

De-listing of bar code tags, he said, is “an important step in enhancing our national ID and traceability system.”

“A strong traceability system will help Canadian producers get the premium prices their top quality products deserve around the world,” Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said in the same release.

 “With RFID technology, we’ll be better able to trace an animal, which is not only important to human and animal welfare but also key to the sustainability of the Canadian livestock industry as a whole.”