Alberta Age Verification Incentive Program


November 18, 2010

Alberta beef cattle producers are eligible for a full rebate or incentive up to $3 per RFID ear tag. This is part of the Age Verification Incentive Program, where Alberta beef cattle producers are encouraged to age and source verify their cattle.

The program is part of Alberta’s initiative to give beef cattle producers an incentive to age verify and tag their cattle with CCIA approved RFID ear tags.

Important Note: The ear tag rebate and incentive is only valid on CCIA approved RFID ear tags.

Age and source verification is an important part of the Canadian livestock traceability system. The government of Alberta has created the Age Verification Incentive Program; to encourage Alberta beef producers to age verify their livestock. Since the AVIP uses CCIA Approved RFID ear tags, they offer a rebate up to $3.00 per tag.

Participating in the age and source verification adds to the integrity of the CCIA Canadian Livestock Tracking System (CLTS), with an up to date and accurate database of animal identification with age and source verification.

With complete participation of the age and source verification program, the Alberta cattle industry protects itself against the vulnerability of an anAlberta Cattle Industryimal disease outbreak, that can’t be traced back to its origin. Canada and Alberta’s BSE Surveillance Program needs to be able to react quickly in identifying the animals, its movements and source of origin.

There are two ways to receive the discount on the RFID tags in the first year. (2010)

Livestock producers can claim an immediate discount at the point of sale; a form will need to be filled out, which all participating tag dealers have available. A downloadable version is available below. The information the producer will need to provide at the time of purchase is listed below.

A valid CCIA account number

Legal business name

Contact Information
The number of calves has or will age-verify from the calving year being calculated for the incentive-discount and

The number of tags that the producers has already requested or received a reimbursement or discount for under this program.

Example: In 2010, producers will be reporting on the number of calves from their 2009 calving season.

Producers who have already purchased radio frequency identification (RFID) tags between January 2009 and July 2010 are eligible for the incentive rebate. Producers must apply directly to Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. Fill out the Age-Verification Incentive Program Application and mail it in to the address on the form, remember to have copies of the tag receipts for which the reimbursement is being applied to.

Additional Resources and Links:

Age Verification Incentive Program Application
Alberta Ear Tag Dealers
List of Approved CCIA RFID Ear Tags
Allflex USA Company Profile

Website: Government of Alberta: Agriculture and Rural Development 
Tel: 780-643-1572 Fax: 780-422-3655

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Frank December 28, 2010 at 1:32 PM  

Interesting article, thanks for the information, everything needed is there.

Logo Design February 27, 2011 at 11:59 PM  

I hope its a good effort and so many people can get advantage from this program.

George Luker February 28, 2011 at 6:51 AM  

Thanks for the comment Frank and Logo. This incentive program does benefit many Alberta cattle producers.

Anonymous,  October 10, 2011 at 10:31 PM  

i didnt get reinverst for my tags because i bought them in 07 reason for buying in 07 was cheaper by 100 tags and only mabe 20 tags in 08 and 50 tags in 09 and and rest in 2010 .I only have 70 cows so punishing the little guy isnt the answer so i didnt regester them .this year i bought another 100 tags so i will get reiverst for them and i will regester them .

George Luker October 11, 2011 at 5:59 AM  

Thanks for your comment, Yes the rebate program starts from 2008 onwards, glad to hear you are getting reimbursed for your tags now.

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