The official identifiers for the cervid sector are equipped with an RFID-type electronic tag plus a visual tag recognized by the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA). The identifiers meet international ISO standards and bear a unique 15-digit number that stays with the animal for its entire life. This unique number that begins with 124 000 (designating its provenance from a premises in Canada) ends with a series of nine digits assigned by ATQ, which will be printed on the visual tag and recorded in the electronic chip.
Québec regulations require double identification of each cervid raised in Québec and destined for human consumption. In this way, in case one of the two tags is lost, the animal remains identified. In the event of a total loss of the original number, the responsibility for assigning a second number to the animal falls to the farmer or the stakeholder.
The Choice of Tags
The two basic tags are composed of four pieces; for each ear of the animal, one male piece is attached to the female piece. The choice of tag varies according to the species of cervid and the size of the animal to be identified.
To Find Out More...
To learn more about retaining the identifiers and the attachment instructions suggested gy ATQ, refer to the files under the Publications | Cervid production page.