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August 19, 2019: Anne Brunet-Burgess, General Manager, Canadian Cattle Identification Agency.       website

Shelley Dyson introduced our guest speaker Anne Brunet-Burgess. Anne grew up on a beef cattle farm in Quebec and spent 15 years doing insemination before accepting her current role as General Manager for the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA)

Anne currently lives in Olds, and her husband is the current president of the Olds Rotary Club.

The CCIA is a non-profit organization formed by the industry and governed by a board of directors consisting of 19 professionals involved in the industry. Its mission is to provide leadership and secure cost-effective traceability services to the livestock industry, while fostering strategic partnerships and developing innovative solutions that will enhance the Canadian livestock industry.

Traceability is important in order to protect animal health, public health and food safety and deal quickly and efficiently with outbreaks of livestock disease. It allows tracking animals from their origin and where they have been co-mingled. It is also a requirement of many of the countries we export our animal products to. The many diseases they help fight include the spread of foot and mouth, mad cow and TB.

The CCIA currently handles cattle, sheep and bison. In the near future, they will also include goats and cervids (elk and deer).

They have what they call three pillars: premise ID, animal ID, and animal movement from premises to premises.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is the federal government regulatory authority that enforces compliance to regulations.

The CCIA is funded by the sale of RFID ear tags. They sell about five million tags every year at a cost of $2.50 - $3.75 each. When they add goats to their responsibility they will also sell leg bands as some goat species have no ears. A tag is required at the time that animals are moved from their origin. The tag is retired at the time of the animal's death.

At this time, premises that deal with livestock have an identification number (PID) as a best practice. Soon it will become a requirement.

The CCID has four major responsibilities:

  1. Their database.
  2. Tag quality, testing, recommendations to the Ministry of Agriculture, and retail.
  3. Communication to regulate parties (producers, feedlots, abattoirs, etc.).
  4. Research and development to make compliance easy ( e.g. automation, phone apps).

Canada is a world leader in this field. The USA has no such agency. Europe has a highly robust system based on a passport but non-RFID tags. Australia and South America have highly subsidised national programs.

David Williams thanked our speaker and presented a Boltman.

  • David Williams, Anne Brunet-Burgess, and Gerry Meek David Williams, Anne Brunet-Burgess, and Gerry Meek

reported by Duncan Stanners

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