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    by allowing for rapid response to a livestock epidemic or food safety problem

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    while knowing their history, their previous movements and actual location

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    and also reduce the risks related to the import and export of livestock or crop product

Important Message

Important Message

ATQ would like to bring your attention to the Regulation respecting the Identification and Traceability of certain animals, which makes it mandatory to send in the following information when declaring that an identifier has been attached, regardless of the means of transmission: the date on which the animal was identified (date of tag application), the date of birth as well as the sex and category of the animal.

Agri-Traçabilité Québec is a world leader

 recognized for the development, implementation and management of traceability systems adapted to the needs of various sectors. Its team, recognized for its professionalism and integrity, is constantly innovating in order to increase added value for producers and the overall industry while contributing to food safety for the benefit of consumers.

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and to the competitive capability of agricultural producers and the agri-food industry as a whole. It sees to thedevelopment, implementation and operation of a permanent identification and traceability system for agricultural and food products for both livestock and crop sectors.

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Pilot Projects

Agri-Tracabilite Quebec plays an active role in conducting pilot projects, in partnership with farmers, industry stakeholders and government representatives.

In order to observe and fieldtest real-life situations for Quebec's agricultural production sectors, pilot projects are an essential step in the implementation of a complete identification and traceability system, capable of adequately meeting the needs of multiple stakeholders.

Among other things, these pilot projects permit the following questions to be answered or evaluated:

  • What are the identification methods best adapted to the concerned sector?
  • How to synchronize the actions of all the stakeholders in the various value chains?
  • What type of partnerships should be formed?
  • What information should be collected?
  • How to maximize the automation of data transfer?
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In Quebec

In the animal production sector, Quebec's agricultural system of permanent identification and traceability is based on three (3) fundamental characteristics:

  • A single, multi-species database, jointly managed by industry and senior government representatives
  • The identification of animals within the first few days of birth
  • All animal births and movements are recorded in the database

This entails, on one hand, the identification of all animals (individuals or by lots) and premises; and on the other hand, the declaration of all animal movements from one link in the value chain to another for any given production, all recorded in the centralized Agri-Tracabilité Québec database (see diagram below).

Identification of animals

As shown in the pictures below, the official identifiers vary from one production to another. Nevertheless, they must all be installed following strict instructions, in order to ensure optimum retention.

bov nouv id 2011For the bovine sector, the identifiers consist of an electronic (RFID) tag and a visual panel (dangle) tag with bar codes recognized by the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA). These identifiers have a 15-digit ISO number, a unique number that will follow the animal for its entire life.

boucle ovine nouveauFor the ovine sector, the identifiers also consist of an electronic (RFID) tag and a visual panel (dangle) tag. Here again, each animal has its own 15-digit ISO number, a unique number that will follow the animal for its entire life.

identifiant-cervide-atqThe official identifiers for the cervid sector consist of an electronic (RFID) tag and/or a visual panel (dangle) tag. These identifiers have a unique 15-digit ISO number that will follow the animal for its entire life.



Site (premises) identification

carte-site-atqA site is a location, a building or a pasture where the animals are apt to be kept or moved through. Examples of these are a sheep barn, an auction market, a transport truck, a livestock collection or sorting centre, etc. Each of these receives a unique seven (7) digit number and is georeferenced in the ATQ database.

Stakeholders receive premises cards, similar to the one shown at the right, for each site where they keep animals. The card is displayed at the premises entrance.


Declaration of animal movements

Each animal must be registered in the database at birth or upon its arrival in Quebec. Subsequently, each of the animal's movements must be reported to ATQ, as well as its death, whether it occurs on the farm, at the slaughterhouse or elsewhere.

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In Quebec, a traceability system has been implemented from the farm to the abattoir in the bovine (2002), ovine (2004), and cervid (2009) sectors.  During the year 2017-2018, ATQ's database has recorded the following transactions for the 13,635 registered producers:

  • 3,101,051 declarations
  • 11,098 orders for tags and accessories
  • 794,030 tags sold
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Logo Boeuf QC SPEQ 440x362 Agri-Traçabilité Québec is proud to be associated with the Partenaire Bœuf Québec program. ATQ ensures traceability for all cattle in Quebec, from farm to slaughter. Its identification system makes it possible to trace back the identified steer to his farm of origin and to know all his movements during his life.
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