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By Rich Handley

Canada Requires Breeding Cattle Imported from U.S. to Be RFID-Tagged

Canada has updated its ID requirements for all breeding cattle imported into that country from the United States, according to a notice issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Effective Feb. 1, 2018, each animal will require an RFID tag and a USA tattoo on its right ear. The USDA indicates that its metal tag will no longer be accepted as an identification option for cattle being exported above the Canadian border.

According to APHIS, U.S. regulations require procedures for applying a tag to each animal already tagged with an official ID. Exporters or veterinarians seeking further information should consult the IREGS website. To reflect these new requirements, APHIS reports, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has begun issuing import permits for breeding cattle. Protocols and certificates for such animals are updated at the IREGS website and in the Veterinary Export Health Certificate System.

This update in Canada's import requirements is intended to be consistent with domestic requirements. The nation has required RFID tags in its cattle herd since 2010. Prior to this, when U.S. breeding cattle were imported into Canada, they needed to be re-tagged upon arrival with an RFID tag. The change is intended to reduce the amount of time required to conduct inspections at the Canadian border. What's more, APHIS indicates, it eliminates the need for U.S. animals, upon reaching their Canadian destination, to be tagged a second time with a Canadian ID.

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