March 6, 2017 – Armstrong, B.C. – The Canadian National Goat Federation (CNGF) is pleased to announce the finalizing of an agreement with the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA). The agreement means that the CCIA will be the official database administrator for goat traceability.
“CNGF is pleased to name CCIA as the traceability administrator for goat producers” says Linda Underwood, CNGF’s President. “We look forward to continuing to advance on traceability preparations for the goat sector and building on the positive momentum that CNGF and CCIA have developed so far.”
CNGF has received funding through Growing Forward 2 from the federal government to prepare the sector for expected identification and traceability regulations. Naming a database administrator for a livestock species is a major component of these preparations. Goat producers will purchase tags through the CCIA and report movements to the CCIA’s database, the Canadian Livestock Tracking System (CLTS). As one of two official traceability administrators in Canada, CCIA has an existing agreement with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) under which CCIA collects data required under Part XV of the Health of Animals Regulations for cattle, sheep, and bison. Canadian Pork Council, which manages PigTrace, is the other recognized administrator and is responsible for Part XV data collection for pigs and farmed wild boars.
While traceability regulations are not expected to come into effect until 2018, goat producers are encouraged to get started by contacting the CCIA and registering an account. A new account does not need to be created if a producer has an existing account with CCIA for cattle, sheep, or bison. Those producers do need to contact the CCIA at some point however, to ensure their account includes goats.
CNGF has also been working on selecting tags and leg bands that will be the official CFIA approved goat identifiers. It is expected that these will be available for purchase from CCIA well in advance of the regulations coming into effect under the Health of Animals Act.
Goat producers who want more information can visit CNGF’s website at www.cangoats.com. To set up your account with the CCIA, call 1-877-909-2333.
Traceability Project Manager, CNGF