Traceability in Alberta

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What is Traceability?

Simply put, livestock traceability is tracking the path and the history of an animal or food product. It is the linking of premises identification, animal identification and the recording of movement.

  • It allows the telling of the ‘story’ of our food.
  • Demonstrates the excellence in our food production system.
  • It keeps foreign markets open, contributing to stronger domestic prices.
  • It gives us an edge in the global marketplace.
  • It provides a way to quickly help to identify and contain animal health issues.

Traceability systems are important, effective tools that can be used for many things, including the protection of animal health, public health and food safety. They can help reduce response time, resulting in a reduction in economic, environmental and social impacts of emergency situations such as disease outbreaks. For more information on National Livestock Traceability, click here.

Traceability Protects!

Your Animals - Your Livelihood - Our Future

Traceability 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. We know that systems that allow for the tracing of livestock and poultry throughout the production supply chain are invaluable. Traceability in Alberta relies on three fundamental pillars of premises identification, animal identification and animal movement. 

During an emergency response, which could include disease outbreaks, floods or fires, access to up-to date information is critical. Determining where animals are, where they have been and what other animals they have come into contact with allows for efficient emergency planning and response. Traceability is an investment that helps mitigate risks and protect Alberta producers as well as their livestock and poultry operations by reducing the overall impact of the event in size and scale.

Alberta’s livestock and poultry industries, in collaboration with the Government of Alberta, have established themselves as leaders in adopting traceability.

Premises Identification Program (PID)Description

Premises Identification (PID), one of the pillars of traceability, links livestock and poultry to land locations or premises. Alberta’s PID Program was established to plan for, control, and prevent the spread of agricultural diseases. It is also used as an early warning system to notify animal owners of a natural disaster such as a flood or fire that could affect their animals or operations. By completing a PID Application and keeping your information up-to-date, you will take an important step in protecting your animals and those of other Alberta and Canadian producers.

Regulations requiring premises identification became law January 1, 2009 as part of the Animal Health Act. If you own a livestock animal or poultry, and that animal is kept at a premises other than a commingling site (e.g. stable), you need to apply for a PID Account and obtain at least one PID Number associated to where the animal(s) are located. If you own an animal that is only kept at locations controlled by someone else (e.g. stable) and that animal will never be kept at a premises under your care and control (e.g. farm or acreage), you are not required to register for a PID Account. However, you will need to obtain the PID Number from the operator of the site.

If you operate a commingling site (e.g. stable, community pasture, fair ground, etc.), you are required to obtain a PID Account, register all your commingling sites and provide the PID Number(s) to the users of your site(s). For more information on the PID Program, click here.

Important note: Information must be updated within 30 days of any change.

When will I need to use PID Numbers?
Animal owners will need to have a PID Number to:

  • Buy medication for your animals at retail outlets (this requirement took effect on July 1, 2014 as part of amendments to the Animal Health Act.)
  • Complete movement documents such as manifests and permits, if required, when transporting your animals.
  • Sell livestock at auction markets
  • Apply for government sponsored agriculture grants and programs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Click here to view the FAQs for General PID.
  • Click here to view the FAQs for Purchasing Authorized Medicines.

    How to Apply and Update your Account
To apply for a PID Account or to access/update it online: Click here
To apply for a PID Account or to update it by paper application: Click here



(PID paper application forms are also available at AF Field Offices located throughout Alberta and from CCIA Mobile Field Representatives.)


Traceability Industry Summaries