Saskatchewan’s premises ID (PID) system for livestock producers has officially gone online, the provincial and federal ag ministries announced Monday.
While the province’s livestock commodity groups and provincial ag ministry have so far helped about 1,400 producers register their operations, the new system will allow producers to sign up, log in and make changes to their registrations.
The new online system will also still allow producers the previous option of downloading a “fillable PDF” application document, which then can either be filled out on the computer and returned by email or printed for return by regular mail.
The new online service can be accessed at PremisesID.Saskatchewan.ca.
Once the province’s producers are registered, “knowing where our province’s livestock is located allows us to be more effective in handling everything from flooding to disease outbreak,” Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said in a release.
Applicants for PID must provide their names and contact information; “emergency 24/7” contact information; location, such as a legal land description; type of premises (ranch, feedlot, etc.); a list of the types of animals raised, kept, displayed, assembled and/or disposed of; and the “maximum capacity” of the premises for each species of animals involved.
The PID system ties Saskatchewan livestock and poultry to specific land locations by assigning a unique number to each registered premises, and will be “an important part of planning for and managing animal health and environmental emergencies,” the province said.
“The database will aid in rapidly notifying producers of disease threats and other potential disasters, as well as in dispatching emergency resources to appropriate locations.”
PID, the province said previously, will be “essential” to help trace animals in order to manage animal disease outbreaks effectively.
It will also “facilitate disease control measures for animal health issues affecting one or more livestock species” and allow officials to “rapidly inform targeted producers of disease threats or control measures.”
Also, the province said, it will allow officials to “rapidly determine sites for carcass disposal in the event of an animal disease emergency.”
In the case of “non-disease” emergencies such as tornadoes or floods, the PID system will also allow for quick response, and to “dispatch emergency resources to appropriate targeted locations.” –– AGCanada.com Network