Tag Info


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 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.The CCWG is the sole distributor of all tags for Alberta, Manitoba, Yukon and the Northwest Territories.

Click to view their tags online: Canadian Cooperative Wool Growers

Tags are now also available for purchase from Total Farm Supply in Brandon, MB


918- 1st. Avenue South Lethbridge, AB T1J 0A9
Phone: 403-327-3760 • 1-800-567-3693 Fax: 403-380-6982

There are two types of tags available:

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. A Provincial Check Off of $1.00 and Canadian Sheep Federation tag levy of 25¢ is added to each CSIP tag.

Allflex Single Button RFID (radio frequency identification)

These tags are used usually for purebred sheep as an option to a single tag plus tattoo. Uses an Allflex Total Tagger Applicator. Again, a Provincial Check Off of $1.00 and Canadian Sheep Federation tag levy of 25¢ is added to each tag.



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 by emailing mb@mbsheep.ca.



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. Download application for Premise Identification number 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.

A premises is a parcel of land where livestock and poultry are grown, kept, assembled or disposed of and includes:

Auction/Livestock Sale Facilities
Rendering Plants
Zoos/Petting Zoos
Exhibition/Fair Grounds
Race Tracks/Competition Facilities
Veterinary Hospitals/Labs
Insemination Centres
Research Facilities
Hobby Farms
Community Pastures
Assembly Yards

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.

Premises Identification:

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

For more information or to obtain a number, contact your local MAFRI GO Office or Centre or email traceability@gov.mb.ca.