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Premises Identification

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What is a premises?

A premises (holding) is a location where farm animals are kept, assembled or disposed of.

What is premises identification?

The identification of premises consists of providing information about a specific location (i.e. contact information, location, type of agricultural and agri-food operation on the site, and animal species kept). Once the information has been received and validated by the provincial or territorial government where the premises is located, a unique identification number is provided for this specific location. This premises identification number is then used when reporting the receipt or departure of animals from this premises.

Why is premises identification important?

Premises identification is a way of linking livestock and poultry to land locations and is critical to support disease control activities and for managing animal health emergencies. Having a premises identification number for your operation allows for traceability information to be accessed quickly for the protection of animal health, public health and market access for your industry.

How can I register my premises?

Register and identify your premises with your provincial or territorial government:

British Columbia
Telephone: 1-888-221-7141

Telephone: toll-free within Alberta 310-FARM (3276)

Telephone: 1-866-457-2377

Telephone: 1-204-945-7684

Telephone: 1-855-697-7743

Telephone: 1-866-270-4319

New Brunswick
Telephone: 1-506-453-2109

Nova Scotia
Telephone: 1-800-279-0825

Prince Edward Island
Telephone: 1-866-PEI-FARM

Newfoundland & Labrador
Telephone: 1-709-637-2088

Telephone: 1-867-667-3043


New or existing premises identifications should be shared with livestock traceability administrators, such as the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) or PigTrace, to initiate or complete registration.

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