Animal movement between two sites of different ownership (premises-to-premises) must be reported to DairyTrace and this includes transport trucks. In case of a disease outbreak or other emergency, officials can then identify exactly where the animal has been, with which other animals it has been in contact, and where it is now.
Recording & Reporting
When a dairy animal arrives at your farm, dairy producers must record and report the following movement to DairyTrace for all events, including the:
- 15-digit animal ID number on the ear tag;
- Date of arrival (birth/move-in);
- Premises ID (PID) of the arrival and departure points, including, but not limited to, the license plate of a transport vehicle;
- All within seven (7) days of arrival or before departure, whichever comes first.
It is a recommended good practice for farmers to record and report any animal departure from the farm. For affiliates (i.e. abattoirs, auction facilities, transporters, veterinarians, other) DairyTrace promotes the recording and reporting of all movement within 30 days.
When an animal arrives, it is the responsibility of the new premises to report the move-in event in Canada. Suppose you take an animal to a show and then bring her back home, or your heifer is raised at another farm and returns home, in each scenario it is your responsibility to report when that animal moves back in.
For imported animals from another country, you will need the address from where the animal departed from and the vehicle/trailer license plate number, as imported animals will not have a recognized premises ID associated with the premises of origin in the other country.
When an animal leaves your farm within Canada, the new premises receiving the animal is required to report the animal move-in. This is specific to dairy producers but in the future is expected to also include auction houses, abattoirs, show grounds, community pastures, sorting centres, veterinarian clinics, etc. It is also recommended good practice that the departing premises make note of any move-out for their own internal records and report those events to DairyTrace.
When exporting an animal to a destination outside of Canada, the movement must be recorded and reported to DairyTrace. This includes the location/address where the animals were exported to and the vehicle/trailer license plate number.
When an animal with an activated tag dies and is disposed of on-farm, dairy farmers must record and report it to DairyTrace within (7) seven days. If any deadstock is picked up by a renderer, the carcass needs to be tagged before it leaves the farm of origin (if not already done so) and death and disposal (tag retirement) is reported by the renderer within 30 days.
Industry Partners Working Together
To make it convenient for everyone reporting animal movements, DairyTrace facilitates the transfer of traceability data from partner organizations into the DairyTrace database.
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