TRACEABILITY & IDENTIFICATION

OWNERSHIP IDENTIFICATION INC. (OII) LIVESTOCK IDENTIFICATION

British Columbia’s brand registration and inspection program protects cattle, horse and bison owners against loss of animals by theft, straying or misappropriation. The program consists of the registration of livestock brands and the inspection of cattle and horses for lawful possession prior to transportation, sale or slaughter.

Under the designation from the Government of BC, OII administers the Livestock Identification Act and the Livestock Identification Regulation. To fulfill this role there are livestock inspectors spread throughout the prescribed area of the Province. These are all part-time employees of OII that have been appointed by the Minister of Agriculture to be inspectors under the Livestock Identification Act.

Horse Ownership Inspection (Brand Inspection)Inspection is required by BC law in the following instances when consigned to a saleyard in the prescribed area of the Province, inspection will occur at the saleyard when transported to a slaughterhouse in B.C. or Alberta or a public sale in Alberta, the horses must be inspected prior to transport. Inspection must take place when required whether animals are branded or not. OII web site

LIVESTOCK MANIFESTS

For transportation to competitions and horse shows within the province it is not a requirement to have a manifest; however, it is recommended and encouraged. It is important that the Livestock Manifest be filled out correctly. To obtain copies of the Livestock Manifest Form ($5.00 per booklet including taxes), contact Horse Council BC.

EQUINE IDENTIFICATION

Canadian Food Inspection Agency requires all equine owners, intending to sell animals directly or indirectly to Canadian processors must record  all vaccines, medications given (administered or fed) to their animals and record any occurrence of illness in their animals over a minimum 6 month period. The Equine Information Document must be signed and presented at the time of sale.

The EID is the first step in the development of a comprehensive food safety and traceability program for the Canadian equine industry – for both domestic and international markets. Anyone selling equine may have to provide an EID at ownership transfer. The document will require an owner-signed declaration to verify the accuracy of the information. There are a number of medications and substances that are prohibited from being given (administered or fed) to equine intended to be slaughtered for human consumption. A list of these medications and substances can be found on the CFIA web site. For the latest information about identifying and recording health information for your equine, visit the CFIA online or call 1-800-442-2342.

CANADIAN LIVESTOCK RECORDS CORPORATION

Equine Canadian Identification Project

CLRC is pleased to now be providing all owners of non-purebred horses with an opportunity to get an attractive certificate for their animals at a very reasonable cost. Any horse that is not eligible for registration with a Canadian breed association is eligible for Equine CAN ID. All we need are a few simple details: the horse’s name and sex and an approximate date of birth (year only is sufficient), and a colour photograph or a microchip, tag number or tattoo. You don’t have to know your horse’s ancestry, but if you do know it, it can be included on the certificate. For details and how to apply click on link above.