Current CSIP program:
The Canadian Sheep Identification Program began January 1st, 2004. The program is mandatory. All sheep and lambs must bear an approved CSIP ear tag before they leave any premises - see below for approved tags.
This includes animals leaving the premises temporarily (for example: exhibitions, veterinarian clinics, community pastures). It is illegal to transport untagged animals.
Sheep producers are required to:
- Ensure that an approved CSIP ear tag is applied to all sheep and lambs before they leave your farm.
- Keep a record of:
- All sheep or lambs entering your flock for breeding purposes.
- All sheep 18 months or older leaving your farm, other than those sold directly to a federally or provincially inspected abattoir.
- Imported sheep must have a Canadian approved national identification tag applied within 7 days of arrival.
- All animals purchased must bear an approved CSIP ear tag. If a tag is subsequently lost, you must immediately apply a new approved CSIP ear tag and record the identification number with as much information about the origin of the animal as is known.
- Approved CSIP ear tags must not be removed from any live animal or tampered with for any reason and must not be re-used. If an animal dies on your property, the tag should be removed, saved and recorded with the cause of death if known.
- The CSIP tagging system is monitored by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and anyone who does not comply may face legal consequences. Since January 1, 2004, it is illegal for processing plants, truckers, auction markets to accept sheep or lambs not bearing CSIP tags.
CSIP Approved Tags
Producers may choose from the options below.
YELLOW Shearwell Radio Frequency Identification tag
YELLOW Shearwell RFID Paired (Double) tag* –
YELLOW Allflex Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) button
YELLOW Allflex Paired (Combo) RFID and dangle*
PINK Ketchum Kurl Lock #3
PINK Plastic Allflex dangle tag
“the RIGHT TAG … the RIGHT APPLICATOR … the RIGHT EAR”
All CSIP RFID tags are YELLOW!
*Canadian Sheep Breeders Association members may use a double tagging system with two tags approved and bearing the official identification number under the Canadian Sheep Identification Program as an alternative for tattooing registered sheep
*The province of Quebec requires each sheep or lamb to bear a paired CSIP tag, please contact the Fédération des Producteurs d'Agneaux et Moutons du Québec
- Why Tag
- When to Tag
- Tagging Systems
- How to Restrain Aniamls
- Where to Place the Tag
- Tagging with Shearwell
- Tagging with Allflex
To order CSIP tags for Alberta
Please contact: the Canadian Cooperative Wool Growers at 1-800-567-3693.
In Alberta, Alberta Lamb Producers service charge is collected with purchase of CSIP tags.