Traceability & Identification


British Columbia’s brand registration and inspection program protects cattle, horse and bison owners against loss of animals by theft, straying or misappropriation. The program consists of the registration of livestock brands and the inspection of cattle and horses for lawful possession prior to transportation, sale or slaughter.

Under the designation from the Government of BC, OII administers the Livestock Identification Act and the Livestock Identification Regulation. To fulfill this role there are livestock inspectors spread throughout the prescribed area of the Province. These are all part-time employees of OII that have been appointed by the Minister of Agriculture to be inspectors under the Livestock Identification Act.

Horse Ownership Inspection (Brand Inspection)Inspection is required by BC law in the following instances when consigned to a saleyard in the prescribed area of the Province, inspection will occur at the saleyard when transported to a slaughterhouse in B.C. or Alberta or a public sale in Alberta, the horses must be inspected prior to transport. Inspection must take place when required whether animals are branded or not. OII web site


For transportation to competitions and horse shows within the province it is not a requirement to have a manifest; however, it is recommended and encouraged. It is important that the Livestock Manifest be filled out correctly. To obtain copies of the Livestock Manifest Form ($5.00 per booklet including taxes), contact Horse Council BC.


CLRC website

CLRC is pleased to now be providing all owners of non-purebred horses with an opportunity to get an attractive certificate for their animals at a very reasonable cost. Any horse that is not eligible for registration with a Canadian breed association is eligible for Equine CAN ID. All we need are a few simple details: the horse’s name and sex and an approximate date of birth (year only is sufficient), and a colour photograph or a microchip, tag number or tattoo. You don’t have to know your horse’s ancestry, but if you do know it, it can be included on the certificate. For details and how to apply click on link above.