PigTrace is an industry-led, national swine traceability initiative delivered by the Canadian Pork Council (CPC) and Ontario Pork. The goal of traceability is to be able to track the movement of animals within the supply chain and improve emergency response. It's a proactive measure to safeguard our industry from foreign animal disease, protect our market access and uphold our food safety quality.
PigTrace is mandatory by law through the federal Health of Animals Regulations which is enforced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The CFIA can issue non-compliance letters and fines (up to $50,000) to those who do not comply with the PigTrace requirements.
The PigTrace program requires:
- All pig movements (from premises-to-premises) must be reported within seven days of shipping or receiving.
- Pigs are to be identified by using one of these methods:
- For processing: pigs require a 15-digit PigTrace individual ID ear tag, a PigTrace 5-digit herd mark ear tag or a registered 5-digit herd mark tattoo;
- To fairs: pigs require a 15-digit PigTrace individual ID ear tag. Unweaned pigs may be identified with a registered 5-digit herd mark ear tattoo;
- To sales yard or auction: pigs require either a 15-digit PigTrace individual ID ear tag or a PigTrace 5-digit herd mark ear tag;
- Farm-to-farm: all pigs used for breeding must be tagged with a 15-digit PigTrace individual ID ear tag. Non-breeding pigs do not need to be tagged or tattooed.
For more information on National Identification and Traceability, or to report a movement, visit PigTrace Canada.
August 2020 Update:
Ontario Pork has assumed responsibility from the Canadian Pork Council for PigTrace movement reporting and PigTrace tag sales for Ontario producers. Producers purchasing custom numbered PigTrace or RFID tags via the PigTrace web site or are reporting movements through AgManifest and the PigTrace website should continue to report online. Producers submitting reports by email or fax to CPC, should now send those reports to Ontario Pork.
- PigTrace Movement Reports for Ontario producers should be submitted to Ontario Pork using one of the following options:
- Sales of PigTrace tags to Ontario Producers will now be handled through Ontario Pork.
- Please call 519-767-4600 ext. 1220 to order PigTrace tags
- Ontario Pork will set up orders for both the individual ID and herd mark tags tags
- This includes electronic RFID tags and tags that need any additional sequencing.
Please note, the new price of standard PigTrace ear tags, effective immediately:
- Large tag: $1.10 + tax
- Small tag: $0.87 + tax
Minimum tag order is 10 tags of one size. The new price is due to an increase cost of tag manufacturing.
For more information, please contact Member Services Liaison at 519-767-4600 ext. 1220.
Ontario Pork administers this national program within Ontario on behalf of CPC. For further enquiries, please contact Ontario Pork's Industry & Member Services Team: