Sheep ID tag fee set to increase

The cost of CFIA-approved RFID sheep tags is going up over the next two years.

Tag fees fund the Canadian Sheep Identification Program (CSIP), led by the Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF). RFID tags for sheep have been a requirement since 2004.

CSF announced today the impending increase — and potentially increases — after a newly-ratified agreement with Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) which outlines shared roles and responsibilities in CSIP delivery going forward.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) named the CCIA to be responsible as the administrator of Canada’s sheep national identification and traceability database. The CCIA will remain the administrator under this memorandum of understanding according to the CSF.

CSF says the agreement includes a schedule of program fee changes that will eventually see the fee “harmonized with those of other regulated (and future regulated) species groups.” Fee increases will take place over the course of the next two years, and CSF says the fee will vary by tag type according to the terms of the agreement and as tag inventories are replenished.

Fee costs in real numbers were not immediately disclosed.

The sheep industry is anticipating updated traceability regulations and requirements sometime in 2019.

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