The CLTS Manual

The CLTS Manual describes step-by-step instructions on how to use the Canadian Livestock Tracking System (CLTS). The CLTS records and tracks stages in the life cycle of RFID tagged livestock using unique entries called ‘Events’. For example, the birth of an animal would be recorded as a Birthdate event and the instructions can be found under Animal Events. Each CLTS event available for use is presented to you below in separate easy to read sections.


Each PDF section is printer friendly and can be saved on your computer.


Click on a chapter in the table of contents below to learn more about each event in the CLTS.


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CLTS Introduction

This section of the manual will give you the basic information needed to set up your account and begin using the CLTS database.

Tag Events

The steps used to enter tag events into the CLTS database. Tag events do not involve animals.

Animal Events

The steps used to enter animal events in the CLTS database. Animal events are most commonly submitted by producers and those in the industry who work directly with livestock. Click here for a list of animal attributes by species.

Certificates and Manifests

The steps used to create certificates and manifests.

Premises Identification

To acquire a premises identification number (PID) is to register a parcel of land defined by a legal land description, or in its absence, by Geo-referenced coordinates, on which or any part of which animals, plants or food are grown, kept, assembled, or disposed of. The PID is required to complete movement events in the CLTS database.

Each Canadian Province and Territory has specific guidelines for acquiring a PID. For provincial and territorial premises registry contact, click here. Once you have registered your legal land information with your provincial registrar you can add the provincially assigned premises identification number to your CLTS database account.


The steps used to deactivate incorrectly submitted events. There are three methods of deactivation.

Account/User Management

The steps used to add or change user and account information, how to authorize third party access to your account and how to view your animal and tag inventories.


The steps used to search information in the CLTS database.


The steps needed to use the CLTS MOBO application. CLTS MOBO is a free and portable version of the CLTS database, that allows users to submit birthdates, animal movement and retired events quickly and easily to the CLTS database using a mobile device. CLTS MOBO features Optical Character Recognition technology, which converts images of number lists into editable, searchable data for upload to your CLTS database account.