Until last month the international committee for animal recording had only two labs in the world that tested tracking equipment for livestock, and both were located in Europe.
The third is now right here on SAIT campus, and project lead Bob Davies says the hope is the industry in Canada will benefit because of it.
“We started this lab originally to address more of the Canadian concerns with the conformance and performance of animal R-F-I-D equipment and in the process we realized that it was also really important for Canada to become a player in the international picture.”-Bob Davies
Through the support of Alberta’s livestock and meat agency, Davies was able to secure a grant developing North America’s first accredited I-CAR test lab, that makes sure our meat is properly tracked and safe.
In 2010 Canada mandated the electronic traceability of meat and dairy animals.
Being accredited means SAIT’S lab is now able to evaluate that equipment for developers to ensure it meets the strict international and national codes before being sold.