By Melissa Hurst, AAg, Provincial Livestock Specialist
If you’re a livestock owner or operator in Saskatchewan, you must now have a premises identification (PID) number to apply for any Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture program. The reason for this compliance requirement is twofold: because PID is mandatory and because it is an important part of livestock traceability.
In Saskatchewan, the Ministry of Agriculture is responsible for administering a PID database to fulfill notational traceability obligations. The objective of the livestock traceability system is to provide timely, accurate and relevant information to reduce the impacts of a disease outbreak, food safety issue or natural disasters originating from and /or affecting livestock. A unique PID number is only provided to a premises once information about the specific premises is validated by the Ministry of Agriculture where it is located.
The basics of PID
PID starts by linking a premises—a location where farm animals are kept, assembled or disposed—with livestock. Linking livestock and poultry to geographical locations in this way is done for disease, health and food safety purposes, and for emergency response.
PID is one of the three pillars of a national traceability system. The others are animal identification and animal movement through the supply chain. As a producer, you are asked to support this pillar of the traceability system by using your PID number when reporting events related to livestock, such as the movement of animals from one premises to another.
How traceability benefits your operation
PID helps to protect your herd, which helps to protect the industry. Because PID is used to plan for and manage animal health and food safety emergencies, it can help to better protect public health and support industry market access, competitiveness and consumer confidence.
Why traceability is important for the livestock sector
Livestock traceability systems aim to provide timely, accurate and relevant information to reduce the impacts of a disease outbreak, food safety issue or natural disaster originating from and/or affecting livestock.
What a PID number is required for
- Completing livestock manifests and permits; and
- Applying for Saskatchewan Agriculture programs, grants and licenses, including programs under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.
For more information or assistance in completing your PID registration, contact the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377 or visit the PID registration page.