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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 (that is 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 premises identification is 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 I can register my premises

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

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

British Columbia
Telephone: 1-888-221-7141

Telephone: 1-204-945-7684

New Brunswick
Telephone: 1-506-453-2109

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

Nova Scotia
Telephone: 1-800-279-0825

Telephone: 1-855-697-7743

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

Telephone: 1-866-270-4319

Telephone: 1-866-457-2377

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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