Traceability in Alberta
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What is Traceability?
Simply put, livestock traceability is tracking the path and the history of an animal or food product. It is the linking of premises identification, animal identification and the recording of movement.
Traceability systems are important, effective tools that can be used for many things, including the protection of animal health, public health and food safety. They can help reduce response time, resulting in a reduction in economic, environmental and social impacts of emergency situations such as disease outbreaks. For more information on National Livestock Traceability, click here.
Your Animals - Your Livelihood - Our Future
Traceability is a crucial component of an effective animal health and food safety system that enables precise and rapid emergency response to protect livestock, producers and consumers. We know that systems that allow for the tracing of livestock and poultry throughout the production supply chain are invaluable. Traceability in Alberta relies on three fundamental pillars of premises identification, animal identification and animal movement.
Premises Identification (PID), one of the pillars of traceability, links livestock and poultry to land locations or premises. Alberta’s PID Program was established to plan for, control, and prevent the spread of agricultural diseases. It is also used as an early warning system to notify animal owners of a natural disaster such as a flood or fire that could affect their animals or operations. By completing a PID Application and keeping your information up-to-date, you will take an important step in protecting your animals and those of other Alberta and Canadian producers.
Regulations requiring premises identification became law January 1, 2009 as part of the Animal Health Act. If you own a livestock animal or poultry, and that animal is kept at a premises other than a commingling site (e.g. stable), you need to apply for a PID Account and obtain at least one PID Number associated to where the animal(s) are located. If you own an animal that is only kept at locations controlled by someone else (e.g. stable) and that animal will never be kept at a premises under your care and control (e.g. farm or acreage), you are not required to register for a PID Account. However, you will need to obtain the PID Number from the operator of the site.
If you operate a commingling site (e.g. stable, community pasture, fair ground, etc.), you are required to obtain a PID Account, register all your commingling sites and provide the PID Number(s) to the users of your site(s). For more information on the PID Program, click here.