Health Regulations

Last Updated:  April 17, 2015

In the interest of maintaining a high standard of animal health, all livestock is subject to an inspection on arrival and throughout the duration of the show by inspectors of the CFIA, Veterinary Inspection, and/or veterinarians employed by the Stampede. If evidence of an infectious or contagious disease is discovered, the owner of the infected animal may be required to remove it either to a designated area or from the premises. Animals found to be infected  shall be treated or dealt with either in accordance with instructions of Veterinary Inspection Veterinarians, the Official Show Veterinarians, or on orders from the Management of the Calgary Stampede.

Animal Imports

For animals being imported please visit the CFIA Automated Import Reference System site for specific and up to date information:

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/imp/airse.shtml

Livestock Movement in Alberta

As of January 1, 2009 the Livestock Identification and Commerce Act (LICA) came into effect. This new legislation governs the transportation of cattle, horses and sheep both within Alberta and to destinations outside of Alberta.

Transportation Documentation

Livestock being transported or driven within or outside of Alberta must be accompanied with either a Livestock Manifest or a permit. This provides an overview of the two types of transportation documents and when they are used.

Cattle

All Cattle leaving their herd of origin are to be tagged with a CCIA approved RFID tag.

Cattle being transported or driven within Alberta must be accompanied with either a Livestock Manifest or one of the following types of permits:

  • Livestock Permit – available for all types of cattle
  • Pedigree Cattle Permit – only available for purebred cattle registered under the Animal Pedigree Act;
  • Rodeo and Exhibition Permit – only available for rodeo and exhibition cattle

Cattle being transported or driven to a destination in another province must be inspected and, depending on the purpose for which they are being transported, can be accompanied with one of the following permits: a Livestock Permit, a Pedigree Cattle Permit or a Rodeo and Exhibition Permit.

If cattle are being transported to another province for the purpose of sale or slaughter, they must be accompanied with a Livestock Permit. However, if the cattle are being transported directly to an inspected auction market in Saskatchewan or to an inspected auction market in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, the cattle only need to be accompanied with a Livestock Manifest.

Horses

Horses being transported or driven within Alberta are no longer required to be accompanied with a Livestock Manifest or a Livestock Permit unless the horse is being transported for sale or slaughter or to an inspection site (country sale, auction market, livestock assembling station or abattoir).

Horses being transported or driven to another province must be inspected and, depending on the purpose for which they are being transported, can be accompanied with one of the following permits: an Annual Horse Permit, a Lifetime Horse Permit, a Rodeo and Exhibition Permit or a Livestock Permit.

If a horse is being transported or driven to another province for the purpose of sale or slaughter the horse must be accompanied with a Livestock Permit.

Sheep

Sheep being transported or driven within Alberta or to a destination outside Alberta are required to be accompanied with a Livestock Manifest.