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Livestock Traceability In Action

Traceability throughout the livestock sectors is a crucial component of an effective animal health and food safety system that enables precise and rapid emergency response to protect livestock, producers and consumers. Determining where livestock have been and what other livestock they have come into contact with allows for efficient emergency planning, management and response.

Equine Traceability Outcome

Traceability helps increase the ability to respond quickly to health threats and other emergencies. In the event of an animal disease outbreak, theft, natural disaster, or other catastrophic emergency, industry and government can respond quickly to control the spread of disease. Tracking and/or tracing the animals will limit negative impact on the horse and human population.

Traceability in Canada relies on livestock owner/custodian participation and the three fundamental pillars:

  • premises identification (a geographical location of where animals are located),

  • animal identification,

  • animal movement recording/reporting.

Traceability is a market enhancement program that can record and verify breeding records as well as performance records and indexing.

Embracing a robust traceability system will help to ensure your horses health, safety and market ability while minimizing damage to the industry and the economy during an outbreak. An enhanced traceability program allows the equine industry to ensure wellbeing and quality of life for horses while it fulfills our promises to stakeholders, clients and partners nationally and internationally.

“Traceability is the ability to follow an item or a group of items - be it animal, plant, food product or ingredient – from one point in the supply chain to another, either backwards or forwards.” - CFIA

If you would like to discuss equine traceability please contact us at

Also see Equine Disease Surveillance

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