The Canadian Sheep Identification Program (CSIP) is an industry-led initiative to develop a traceback system that will lead to a full-scale traceability system and the capacity to address producer concerns about sheep health, provide valuable management feedback to producers, and meet consumer expectations for quality assurance and food safety.
CSIP Tags as a Management Tool
RFID technology provides new management tools. Results from the Alberta Lamb Traceability Project and the CSF RFID Pilot Project show that RFID systems offer potential benefits that can include:
– faster and accurate animal data collection
– rapid data analysis
– the ability to generate timely reports (e.g. births, death losses, weight gain, health treatments), which can be used to assess flock
performance (e.g. identify and select high-performing, replacement or cull animals)
– faster and easier animal handling that can reduce stress on humans and animals
– the ability to verify farm practices, animal and premises identification, and movement from farm for certification programs such as quality –
assurance, organic or halal production and traceability
For more information, please visit the Canadian Sheep Federation website.