Premises Identification

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is currently in the process of changing animal movement regulations, therefore a Premise Identification (PID) will be required in the future.

For more information, or to complete an online application, please visit:

If you have questions, please contact: 
Daniel Muir, Traceability Coordinator
Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture
902-890-9840 or

NSCP 2018

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NSCP Farm Tour

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2018 CBIC Early Bird Deadline – Extended

Thinking you missed out on the early bird deadline for the 2018 Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC)? No need to worry – it has been extended to June 30th! You can get the full conference experience for $450 + HST.

Clicking the below photo will take you to the registration link:

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2018 CBIC Topics Announced

The third annual Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC) takes place in London, Ontario on August 14-16. The CBIC is co-hosted by the BCRC, Canada Beef, Canadian Beef Breeds Council, and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). The CBIC’s Bov-Innovation session is a popular, interactive, fast-paced, workshop full of tips, ideas, and concepts that cow-calf and feedlot producers can take home and adopt of their farms. Bov-Innovation pairs an expert explaining the science behind best practices with a leading producer explaining how they have adopted these practices to benefit their cattle and their profitability.

This year’s topics were carefully chosen based on producer suggestions:

  • Cross-Canada Cattle: Best transport practices” will pair Derek Haley and Steve Eby. Dr Haley leads a research program on animal welfare and behaviour at the University of Guelph and is currently studying long-distance cattle transport. Steve Eby, a cattleman from Kincardine, Ontario, will provide his insight for successful transport outcomes.
  • The Grass is Always Greener: Pasture infrastructure and management” will see Barry Potter, with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs facilitate two beef producer presentations. Jason Desrochers operates a cow-calf and backgrounding farm near Val Gagne in northern Ontario. Jason will explain how their farm overcomes land use challenges and converts marginal land into forage. Tim Lehrbass farms near Alvinston in southern Ontario. Tim will share the grazing management strategies used on his operation, which was recently recognized for excellence in forage management.

Continue reading this article by the Beef Cattle Research Council here.

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Reminder: CCIA Tags Required For Transportation

There have been a number of producers that have showed up recently to unload cattle at Atlantic Beef Products Inc. (ABPI) with animals with no CCIA tags (RFID or yellow button tags) or having them in their hands. This is against the Canadian Livestock Regulations and can result in non-compliance for ABPI with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). It is the producers legal responsibility to make sure every animal has a valid CCIA tag in the animal’s ear before it leaves the farm. It is also the Truckers legal responsibility to make sure they don’t load or transport any animals that do not have a valid CCIA Tag.

Effective June 14, 2018, ABPI will require every transporter to sign the below manifest before a truck is unloaded. If the trucker circles NO that all animals may not have a CCIA tag then the truck will not be unloaded without being reviewed by CFIA.

If an animal does get unloaded and makes it to the knock box without a valid CCIA tag, ABPI is required to notify CFIA immediately. ABPI may be required to contact the  producer and get a valid CCIA tag number and update the system and the CCIA tag retirement file in order to stay in compliance with the regulations. These non-compliant situations may result in a fine from either or both ABPI and CFIA.

These rules are the same regardless of where animals are being moved or shipped to ABPI or another location.

For any questions regarding the regulations, please visit the CCIA website at

ABPI Barn Receiving Manifest

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CFIA Releases Safe Food for Canadians Regulations

From the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture:

CFIA released the regulations for the Safe Food for Canadians Act Wednesday, June 13, 2018. This has been an important advocacy piece for the Federation since the Act received Royal Assent in 2012.

Upon early review of the regulations, NSFA is pleased to read that many farms with a gross farm income under $100,000 will not be required to have a written preventive control plan (PCP). While the Federation does not dispute the need for tractability and assurance of safe food, the cost prohibitive written PCP would have potentially put farms, particularly those that sell direct to market across provincial boarders, out of business if required to comply. During the consultative process, NSFA lobbied Health Canada, CFIA and AAFC to raise the proposed $30,000 threshold or create an exception for farms selling direct to market.

Farms not exempt from this exception include meat destined for export or interprovincial trade, prepared meat products, dairy products, fish, eggs, processed egg products, or processed fruits and vegetables, or if an export certificate is requested.

The regulations will be phased in and will come into effect on January 15, 2019. Further review of the regulations is underway and highlights will be communicated in the future.

Safe Food for Canadians – Regulations

Safe Food for Canadians – Tools & Timetables

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“Supplementing Young Bull Calves Before Weaning Pays Off”

“Young bulls need to be fed adequately for proper growth and development, and future fertility, but we are still learning about the best way to feed them, according to John Kastelic, a professor of theriogenology and head of the department of production animal health, in the University of Calgary’s faculty of veterinary medicine.”

To read the full article, titled “Supplementing young bull calves before weaning pays off”, click here.


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Pasture Tour & Breeder Social

For those interested in the MSA Pasture Tour & Breeder Social tomorrow, please note the corrected contact info from the attached poster:

Marlene Gaunce –; 506-383-4829
Geraline van Agten –; 506-756-2550

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Pasture Tour & Breeder Social

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Young Cattlemen’s Council Maritime Representative

The Maritime Beef Council is seeking a new representative to serve on the Young Cattlemen’s Council (YCC). This regional position is currently being held by Julien Collette and must be filled by August 2018. Representatives must be between the ages of 21 and 35.

The YCC is designed to provide the nine board members from across the country with policy development and board governance experience so that they can be more productive members on regional/provincial/national boards and councils. YCC board members past and present are greatly encouraged to run for positions in their provincial cattle associations.

Resumes can be emailed to Ellen Crane,, by Monday, July 16.

For more information, please click here.

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