Canada is to introduce a national livestock traceability system to reduce costs and improve data management.
The Canadian Agri-Traceability Services (CATS) will bring together the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) and Agri-Traçabilité Québec (ATQ), providing data for both organisations and other stakeholders. The scheme has received $500,000 funding from the federal government.
In a statement, Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux said: “A national traceability system allows Canada to demonstrate our solid farm practices in animal health, our zoning capability, our emergency management, and our food safety systems."
“Knowledge is power in agriculture. This investment will help track information, ultimately protecting the bottom line of our beef, dairy, bison, sheep, and other animal producers.”