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Animal Identification

Approved Tags

The yellow Allflex button sheep tag and the yellow Shearwell data tag are the only Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags currently approved for use in the Canadian Sheep Identification Program (CSIP).

Shearwell Data Tag

Allflex RFID Tag

Purchasing Tags

To order tags, please see below for authorized distributors in your province.

British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland

Tags may only be purchased through the Canadian Cooperative Wool Growers Limited

Tags may only be purchased through the Saskatchewan Sheep Development Board

Producers in Quebec must purchase their tags through Agri-Traçabilité Québec

Tagging Resources

Several RFID tagging resources are available for producers that help answer “Why, When, What and How” to use RFID identifiers in the sheep industry.

RFID Tagging Video Series

Click on any video to view it. Each video is between 1 and 2 minutes in length. We recommend that you view all videos in the right order the first time you view them.

Video 1: Why Tag?

Video 5: How to Restrain Animals

Video 2: When to Tag

Video 6: Where to Place the Tag

Video 3: Tagging Systems

Video 7: Tagging with Shearwell

Video 4: Hygiene

Video 8: Tagging with Allflex

RFID Tagging Brochure

Click here to download a brochure full of tagging tips.

Tag Evaluation

Producers play an important role in helping assess the performance of official CSIP tags. CSF encourages producers to give feedback on tag performance over time and in farm situations. This feedback will assist in identifying issues that the CSF may need to examine with manufacturers. By providing the CSF with feedback on tags, producers will help ensure that the industry is being provided with the best tags possible.

Click here to access the tag assessment form.

Revoked Tags

As of October 2011, producers may no longer purchase pink Ketchum Kurl-Lock #3 and Allflex dangle tags as official CSIP tags.

Producers are encouraged to apply RFID tags to lambs born during 2012, however, sheep producers may use up their existing stocks of pink Ketchum Kurl-Lock tags until a future date is established when the tags will be revoked from the official CSIP list and no longer accepted at auctions or abattoirs.

Click here for the latest update on revoked tags.