Cattle producers face changes

CALGAY, Alta. — According to the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) is reminding those shipping cattle direct to the packers that after July 1, they’ll expect cattle to arrive tagged.

There will be a burn in period of one year before monetary penalties for non-compliance begin.

“Packers are asking cattle buyers to look for proper tagging of cattle when buying,” says procurement manager Bruce Hepburn of Cargill Foods.

At this point cattle arriving at auction markets untagged will be monitored and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) may send a notification to the owner of the cattle reminding them of their responsibility.

Down the road, however, the trucker hauling the animals may simply be told the load is not welcome.

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