CANADA - The Saskatchewan Pork Development Board is encouraging any pork producer in the province who is not yet set up to report hog movements to contact Sask Pork or PigTrace Canada to be issued a premise identification number, writes Bruce Cochrane.
Effective July 1, 2014 under changes to Canada's Health of Animals Regulation to accommodate swine traceability, both the shipper and receiver of pigs must report the movement of those animals to the PigTrace Canada database within seven days.
Mark Ferguson, the manager of industry and policy analysis with Sask Pork, says, while the vast majority of producers that move hogs are reporting those movements, some producers are not fully aware of the requirements and are in the process of getting informed.
Mark Ferguson-Saskatchewan Pork Development Board:
In terms of the ways to get the data into the database, the first step is to give Sask Pork a call or give the national PigTrace line a call or visit their web site and we can get you set up with a premise registration form.
That's the first step.
We need to figure out where your farm is.
After that we can issue you a herd mark, or sell you tags that you can put on the animals when you ship them.
After you ship them then you have to get your data on the movement into the web site, and to do that we can get you a log-in for the site, and if you don't have access to a computer we can let you fax the movement in, although we would really encourage people to do it electronically.
Mr Ferguson says the best way of entering movement data is through the PigTrace Canada web site which can be accessed through your computer. There is also a mobile site that has been optimized for your tablet or smart phone, and reporting a movement can be completed in one or two minutes.
For more on swine traceability contact your provincial pork association or visit the PigTrace Canada web site at pigtrace.ca.
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