FOR THE NATIONAL LIVESTOCK TRACEABILITY SYSTEM
WHY IDENTIFY THE PREMISES?
Knowing where livestock and poultry are located provides valuable information in responding to animal disease outbreaks and food safety issues. This allows for a swift and accurate response in the event of an animal disease outbreak or natural disaster.
WHAT ARE “PREMISES” IN THE CONTEXT OF TRACEABILITY?
According to the definition given by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: “a premises is any parcel of land on which animals, plants or food are grown, kept, assembled or disposed of“. The “premises” are defined by a legal land description of the lot, or in its absence, by its geo-coordinates.
• Farms and stables
• Pastures and community pastures
• Assembly yards
• Auction and livestock sale facilities
• Racetracks and competition facilities
• Rendering plants
• Exhibitions and fairgrounds
• Veterinary facilities
• Livestock and poultry research facilities
• Insemination centres
• Zoos and petting zoos
WHAT IS A PREMISES IDENTIFICATION NUMBER?
It is a unique identifier, based on national standards, that is assigned to a “premises” within a province or territory. The national standard for premises-ID numbers is:
• 2 letters for the province;
• + 6 alpha-numeric characters;
• + 1 check digit.
Examples of premises-ID:
HOW TO USE IT?
The premises-ID number is the only location identifier for animal movement reporting.
HOW DO I GET MY PREMISES-ID NUMBER(S)?
The identification of premises is the responsibility of the provincial government. We invite you to contact your provincial association or your provincial department of agriculture directly for further information.
PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES
British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture
Phone: 1 888 221-7141 or 604 556-3001
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
Online: www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/ trace12354
Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
Phone: 1 866 457-2377
Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives
Phone: 1 866 626-4862
Dairy Farmers of Ontario – Production Section Staff
Phone : 905 821-8970
Angus GeoSolutions Inc. (AGSI)
Phone: 1 855 697-7743
Phone: 1 866 270-4319
New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries
Phone: 506 453-2109
Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture
Online: http://novascotia.ca/agri/programs-and-services/ industry-protection/PID/
Phone: 1 902 890-3377
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Forestry
Phone: 1 866 734-3276
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
Newfoundland and Labrador Agriculture
Contact: Sarah Hynes
Phone: 709 637-2088
Phone: 1 800 661-0408 or 867 667-3043