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FAQ - Age Verifying

FAQ – Age Verifying

Age Verification provides an effective and internationally recognized Age Verification Process. Producers can enter and store Birth Date information and have it readily available for domestic and export markets.

Age verification is associating a birth date with an animal that was born on your farm and identified with an approved CCIA tag/indicator. To age verify, you must have a CLTS database account. To set up and activate a CLTS database account, contact CCIA at 1-877-909-2333 or email

If you do not have access to a computer or the internet, you can authorise a third party such as a neighbor, relative or local veterinary office to submit your information to the CLTS database. Feel free to call CCIA at 1-877-909-2333 or email and a Client Support Representative can supply you with a list of third-party providers.

For instructions on how to age verify your animals: Click here

Age verification is only mandatory in Alberta at the moment. However, the current regulation is in the process of being repealed. Consequently, the support offered by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) for Age Verification issues/corrections may diminish over time. The other provinces and territories administered by CCIA do not have provincial regulations regarding AV.

There are two options, you can search for a birth date using the animal’s identification number(s) or you can generate a Birth Date Certificate. The CLTS database allows users to generate a Birth Date Certificate for any livestock that have a birth date registered in the CLTS database.

Please note, only the herd of origin (where the animal was born) can submit a birth date in the CLTS database.

For instructions on how to search a birth date: Click here

After an animal’s birth date has been registered in the CLTS database, a birth date certificate can be created using the CCIA tag/indicator number.

For instructions on how to create a Birth Date Certificate: Click here

Detailed instructions are available in the CCIA Resource Center or the Client Support Representatives can give you instructions over the phone. 1.877.909.2333

Each auction mart has different requirements; we recommend calling the auction mart ahead of time to find out if they do require a birth certificate. Presenting a birth certificate is the only way to prove age verification at the point of sale.

    • Check animals’ birthdates prior to purchasing. Any Canadian Livestock Tracking System (CLTS) users can see birthdates by RFID tag number.
    • Demand to see the birth certificate prior to purchasing. Any potential errors could be addressed with the seller at that time.

It can only be done by herd or origin of the account where the tag was issued to, not by any subsequent custodian of the animal.

Yes, it can. The account holder has the ability to change or delete from any CLTS access.

In Alberta where Age Verification is regulated and supported by AF, Alberta regulated parties who believe an error has been made are required to contact the Ag Info Centre. AF will then take the necessary measures to contact the source account and asks them to correct the error or receive permission to administer the change on behalf of the source account.

If the source account is unreachable, or unresponsive to the situation, then no change is made.

The “requestor” is never informed of who the source account is.

Unfortunately, The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) is completely hands-off. The CLTS receives the information but we do not offer any support as it is not mandatory/regulated data.

Some export markets require that animals/carcasses be under a certain age. When the tag is read at the abattoir, the birthdate attached to that tag becomes part of the information that will follow the carcass. If the birthdate is wrong, it may disqualify the carcass for the targeted market, leading to lower prices or a downgrade.

Two common errors:

  • Producers apply a birth range to a series of tags, but do not use all of them on the same calf crop. The leftovers are applied to animals born the following year, but the birth information is not updated.
  • The wrong year is used when inputting the birthdates or range.