Sheep producers can no longer use the pink Ketchum Kurl-Lock No. 3 tags in their animals.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency officially revoked their use today, after warning of the pending change in September. The tags are no longer approved under the livestock identification and traceability program.
The Canadian Sheep Federation advised that animals cannot be shipped from their current location if they have only the above noted pink Ketchum tag. Instead, they will require an additional Canadian Sheep Identification Program tag, even if the pink tag is also in the animal’s ear.
The new tag number must then be reported to the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency, along with the number on the pink tag.
The CSF also said removal of the pink tag from a sheep or lamb is illegal, so it must remain in the ear if already applied.
More information is available at www.cansheep.ca.