March 22/2017

Dr. Pierre Lafortune

National Veterinary Program Manager

Import/Export Division

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

Dear Dr. Lafortune:

The Canadian National Goat Federation (CNGF) is pleased to have the opportunity to comment on the review of the CFIA’s Artificial Insemination Program, Small Ruminant Section (CFIA_ACIA #8736468 v3, New AI Program, small ruminant).

CNGF has distributed the document as widely as possible, through our communications systems such as Facebook, website, and email contact list.  The changes in the policy have received a very favourable response.

We have had comment that it would be a benefit regarding collection for domestic use (within Canada) if a goat producer could do the isolation and testing on farm, and then transport the male(s) to a semen collection centre for the actual collection process as an alternative to having a mobile collection laboratory come to the farm.

The CNGF is a national, not-for-profit organization that represents Canadian goat producers.  It was formed in 2002 to provide a united voice dealing with national issues concerning the goat industry in Canada.  Our mandate is to represent the concern of all goat producers whether they are raising meat, dairy, fibre or pet animals.

The CNGF commends the CFIA for the positive changes regarding artificial insemination regulations that will benefit stakeholders of the goat industry.  We look forward to reviewing the future drafts of the regulations.

Yours truly,

Linda Underwood

President,

Canadian National Goat Federation (CNGF)