CHECK OFF / TAG INFORMATION / PREMISE IDENTIFICATION
To become a member of MSA you must purchase your government tags from the Canadian Cooperative Wool Growers (CCWG) and thereby pay a check off fee of $1 per animal/tag. The new government tags are yellow, have a 9 digit sequence and have a radio frequency identification chip (RFID) for traceability.
All animals transported must have a tag. Premise Identification is mandatory, however, it is not being enforced (see more info below). When you contact CCCWG, you will be asked for your premise ID number. To obtain one - complete this application and mail or email it to the contact information at the bottom of the page. Download application here.. Premise ID is a way to minimize the impact of a disease outbreak. Premise identification links livestock and poultry to geographic locations for planning and managing emergencies. It is a critical component of a traceability program. Please provide your email address so you can join our mailing list.
Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited 918- 1st. Avenue South Lethbridge, AB T1J 0A9
The mandatory date for RFID tag use has been postponed from December 31, 2012. Read the details.
TAG (CHECK OFF) PURCHASE
The CCWG is the sole distributor of all tags for Alberta, Manitoba, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. The Saskatchewan Sheep Development Board purchases tags from the CCWG and handles the distribution of the tags to its Saskatchewan producers.
To view their tags online click here.
There are two types of tags available:
Prices as of Nov 2015
Shearwell EID Tags
Lightweight, suitable from day old to adult sheep Excellent retention rate Free applicator with your first order of 200 or more tags Please store tags in a warm, dry place until use. Shearwell CSIP tags are $2.05 each in Pkg of 20 = $41.00 plus Provincial Check Off Nova Scotia, Manitoba and British Columbia have a Canadian Sheep Federation tag levy of 25¢ per CSIP tag. Manitoba check off is $1.00 per tag.
Allflex Single Button RFID (radio frequency identification)
Nov 2015 Price:
Nova Scotia, Manitoba and British Columbia have a CSF tag levy of 25¢ per CSIP tag.
Allflex RFID sheep tags are $3.25 each for Pkg of 20 = $65.00 plus Provincial Check Off Manitoba Check off is $1.00 per tag
- used usually for purebred sheep as an option to a single tag plus tattoo.
Uses an Allflex Total Tagger Applicator
All prices subject to Alberta 5% tax and GST. Shipping is extra (Greyhound bus if larger parcel, or by Canada Express Post)
Canadian Cooperative Wool Growers Livestock Supplies
918 - 1 Avenue South
Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0A9
For more information on tag regulations and tagging resource info go to the Canadian Sheep Federation website.
PREMISE IDENTIFICATION PROGRAM
Please be aware that in the near future a Premise Identification Number will need to be presented to the Wool Growers at the time of purchase of CSIP tags. Premise identification links livestock and poultry to geographic locations for planning and managing emergencies. It is a critical component of a traceability program.
A premises is a parcel of land where livestock and poultry are grown, kept, assembled or disposed of and includes:
Auction/Livestock Sale Facilities
Race Tracks/Competition Facilities
A unique national number will be assigned to a premises and provided to the contact. Manitoba is working with federal, provincial and industry partners to achieve this critical step towards a traceability system.
- allows for rapid notification of livestock and poultry stakeholders
- helps prepare for animal health and food safety emergencies (ex: disease or flood)
- helps track animals in an emergency
- reduces the impact of an emergency
- maintains or provides greater market access
Basic land and contact information must be supplied for livestock and poultry premises. There is no cost to participate and it will assist the industry in the planning and management of animal health and food safety emergencies.
NOTE: Please also be aware that beginning 2012, all post mortems submitted to the Provincial Vet Lab will require a Premise ID Number.
CHECK OFF REFUND POLICY
The Manitoba Sheep Association would like to remind you of the MSA check-off policy.
Under Provincial Legislation:
Refund applications for fees collected during the period of July 1 to December 31 must be received by February 1 of the following year.
Refund applications for the period January 1 to June 30 must be received by August 1 of the same year.
Applications outside these guidelines will not be refunded. To request an application, please contact MSA to obtain the form to receive a check-off refund (204) 421-9434.