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What is premises identification?  

Premises identification is the assignment of a unique identification number to a parcel of land where livestock or poultry may be located. Premises identification connects animal traceability to geographic locations.

Why is premises identification important to traceability?

Premises identification is a key component of the Canadian swine traceability system; the other two are animal identification and movement reporting. In the event of a food safety issue or foreign animal disease outbreak in the pork sector, premises identification gives animal health officials and food safety officials the ability to link an issue to specific locations. Premises identification is also a quick and simple way to demonstrate a healthy herd status in the event that your premises is not involved.

Who should register their premises?

Any person who houses livestock or poultry should register their premises.  Premises identification is just as important to small, backyard producers as it is to large corporations.

Swine premises include

  • Farms / stables
  • Feedlots
  • Pastures
  • Community pastures
  • Abattoirs / assembly yards
  • Auction / livestock facilities
  • Rendering plants
  • Zoos / petting zoos
  • Exhibitions / fair grounds / competition facilities
  • Veterinary hospitals and labs
  • Insemination centres
  • Research facilities

When will I need to know my premises identification number?

It's crucial to ensure that your premises identification number is correct when entering movements into the PigTrace Canada database. It is also beneficial to have your premises identification number close when ordering tags from PigTrace Canada. In the event that you need to deal with animal health officials or food safety officials, you will also need to know your premises identification number.

Who should I contact for information on obtaining a premises identification number?

For information on where to obtain a premises identification number, please contact your provincial pork organization.  They are the best source of information in your province.