C. Protocols

Protocols for Animal Identification(pdf)
5. The identification information must be maintained by the flock owner / manager
Whole Flock Program and Monitored Low-Risk Only.
a.
The identification must be a permanent ID.  This ID may be one of the following:
i.
Ear tag (metal or plastic dangle, button, or any combination).  Double tagging is preferred, i.e. one tag in each ear but not required.
ii.
Legible tattoo - ideally backed up with an ear tag.
iii.
Radio frequency ID (RFID) ear tag or implant.
iv.
Official CSIP or ADQ identification.
b.
Baseline information must be kept on each sheep in the flock including.
i.
Birth date (dd/mm/yyyy)
ii.
Sex (ram, ewe, wether)
iii.
Breed
iv.
Registration information for purebred registered animals.
c.
The identification used in the OMVFSP must be unique within the flock. This means:
i.
Each animal currently residing in the flock is uniquely identified.
ii.
No ID can be reused within the flock for a period of 15 years after initial date of enrollment.
iii.
If the animal is retagged, the change in ID must be recorded on the OMVFSP form
d.)
The identification must be clearly legible to the reader. This means:
i.
If tattoos are used but cannot be clearly read by the veterinarian, then the animal must also have a unique ear tag.
ii.
If the tag is not clearly legible, then the animal must be retagged at the time of sampling.

Canadian Sheep Identification Program