In Alberta, regulations require premises identification (PID) became law under the Animal Health Act on January 1, 2009. It is thus mandatory for livestock and poultry to be associated with a PID account.
also mandatory under
The Animal Diseases Act
in Manitoba, while Ontario,
Saskatchewan and British
Columbia offer voluntary
“The information that’s collected in the PID system is used to quickly respond to disease issues or emergencies and give the proper notification to farmers to take the necessary precautions,” says Allan Pelletier, director of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s Traceability Branch, in the above interview. “So, we use the system for planning, controlling and preventing the spread of animal diseases.”
Animal owners in Alberta need a PID number to complete transport documents such as manifests and permits, sell livestock at auction markets, apply for government agriculture grants and programs, and (as of July 1, 2014) buy medication for animals at retail outlets.
Though the process varies between provinces and territories, PID applications generally require legal land descriptions (or geo-referenced coordinates); the owner’s name and contact information; the name and type of operation; and a list of the animals, plants and food on the premises in the last year.
For more information on premises ID, contact your provincial agriculture department.