Traceability Responsibilities for Owners and Exhibitors showing or
displaying their livestock on Fairgrounds
Please be advised that any person that exhibits or displays any of the following Livestock –
Cattle, Sheep, Pigs (including farmed Wild Boar or pot-bellied pigs), or Bison on an Ontario
Fairgrounds must abide by the following Traceability Requirements:
A) The Health of Animals Act XV requires that every person who owns or has the possession,
care or control of any of the following species of animals (Cattle – dairy or beef, sheep, pigs
or bison) is responsible to ensure that the animal is identified by an approved tag or
identifier before it is removed from a site. (i.e. from home farm or fairgrounds)
B) Agricultural Societies are required to ensure that all the livestock mentioned above must
have an approved RFID tag or identifier at all times while on their Fairgrounds.
Therefore, we are implementing the following policies:
1) We will not allow access to our fairgrounds for any of the listed
livestock (dairy & beef cattle, sheep, pigs and bison) unless they have
an undamaged, intact approved RFID tag or identifier.
This includes any listed livestock being shown in Livestock Shows, 4-H Programs, Petting
Zoo / Family Farm or other educational animal displays.
2) It is your responsibility to ensure that all tags on your animals are
undamaged and applied properly prior to leaving your property and
prior to unloading your animals once you arrive on the Fairgrounds.
3) If an animal loses a tag while on our fairgrounds, you must immediately
notify the Agricultural Society and retag it with an approved RFID tag
or identifier that has been provided by our Agricultural Society.
IMPORTANT: re Dairy Animals – If you are provided with replacement NLID tags – the
Owner is responsible for notifying the appropriate agency with the numbers.
4) Animals that have lost a tag may not be allowed to show unless it has been
5) It is strongly recommended that Owners or Exhibitors and NOT Agricultural
Society volunteers or staff apply the replacement tag due to safety, health and
NOTE: Owners are required to bring their own taggers/pliers to apply replacement tags
and equipment to restrain the animal, if required.
IMPORTANT: Owner should contact the Agricultural Society to find out what type of tags will be
provided so they can ensure they have the appropriate tagger/plier, if required.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK TO THE OAAS SITE IN REGARDS TO TRACEABILITY OF LIVESTOCK AT FAIRS.