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Canadian Cattle Identification Agency app gets an upgrade

Identification: News Roundup from the September 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

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The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) has added optical character recognition to its Canadian Livestock Tracking System mobile app, CLTS MOBO, available for Android and Apple devices.

Technology information manager Waseem Rehman, says the new OCR technology converts lists of numbers into editable, searchable data for upload to the user’s CLTS database account.

Using the updated app a producer can:

  • Submit attributes such as sex, breed, colour and comments for single or ranges of indicators. In expectation of new traceability regulations early in 2019, the app can be used to submit birth dates, as well as report the movement of groups or individual animals in the CLTS database as they move in or move out of premises, or are imported, exported, disposed of or retired.
  • Select and apply events to indicator/tag IDs from account inventory.
  • Type in the unique, 15-digit animal identification numbers for approved indicators, take a photo of as many as 50 of the 15-digit numbers lined up in a single column, select an existing photo of the 15-digit numbers in a single column, or select the indicator/tag ID from the account inventory.

“Since we anticipate the proposed regulatory amendments to require livestock operators to provide a movement document for each load of animals being transported, we have enabled CLTS MOBO users that report group move-out events to scan or generate a QR code with a document in a PDF file,” says Rehman.

The expectation is the proposed travel documents will need to report valid premises identification numbers for the departure and destination sites, the date and time of loading, the number and species of animals loaded, as well as the licence plate of the transport. The agency’s PDF document includes all of these data points.

“If it performs as designed, it could be implemented as an entry point for a movement document to meet Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s proposed regulatory amendments,” notes CCIA general manager Anne Brunet-Burgess.

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