The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) want to remind producers that their efforts to build Canada's livestock traceability systems are keeping animals safe.
This week marks the CVMA's Animal Health Week and this year's theme, "Let's See Your ID," promotes animal identification—a key component of Canada's strategy to protect its animal resource base.
Producers can practise animal identification by participating in traceability systems and by using proper ear tags and other identification means. In addition, tattoos, brands and paper-based logbooks and record keeping remain important and effective tools to identify animals.
Proper animal identification allowed veterinarians to easily identify infected animals and quickly address cases of disease, said Dr. Doug Roberts, president of the CVMA.
There are existing industry-led cattle and sheep identification programs that are mandatory in all provinces. Industry and governments are working together to develop additional programs.
Animal Health Week is an annual public awareness campaign that runs from October 3-9, 2010 to promote animal health, veterinary medicine and responsible animal ownership across Canada.
Source: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)