Updated Identification Requirements for U.S. Breeding Cattle Exported to Canada

Notification was sent out via the APHIS Stakeholder Registry on October 25, 2017 regarding new identification requirements for U.S. Breeding Cattle Exported to Canada:

“Effective February 1, 2018, the identification requirements for export of U.S. breeding cattle to Canada will change. After this date, Canada will require an 840 radiofrequency identification (RFID) tag AND a USA tattoo in the right ear.*  The USDA metal tag will no longer be accepted as an option for identification of cattle for export to Canada.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has begun issuing import permits for breeding cattle to reflect these new requirements. The protocols and certificates for breeding cattle are updated accordingly on the APHIS IREGS website and Veterinary Export Health Certificate System.

This change will significantly reduce time during inspection at the Canadian border, as well as eliminate the need for U.S. animals to be retagged with Canadian identification upon reaching their destination in Canada.”

Additional information regarding these new identification requirements, as well as the new Brucellosis testing requirements for cattle, is available on the USDA-APHIS website for export requirements to Canada.