December 1, - Author: Mike Metzger, Michigan State University Extension Scrapie is a fatal disease that damages the central nervous system of sheep and goat. The degenerative disease has no cure or treatment. However, the cooperation of sheep and goat producers is needed to find and eliminate the last few cases in the United States.
Scrapie Ear Tags Update—October 2017
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APHIS will continue to provide metal tags free of charge to producers and others who handle sheep and goats. Official identification devices, including ear tags and injectable transponders, must be approved by APHIS as being sufficiently tamper-resistant for the intended use, have good retention, and provide a unique identification number for each animal. Premier 1 offers approved tags in several styles: Color is up to you except blue, which is reserved for USDA use. Some states have ID requirements which are stricter than the federal requirements, so the exceptions listed below do not apply in all states. An owner may substitute tattooing for an official identification device under certain criteria.
Sheep and Goat Identification
Interstate Animal Movement Requirements. Producers will need to purchase the compatible applicator from the tag manufacturer. Our goal is to start to transition to electronic identification by fall Dealers and markets may continue to receive metal serial tags at no cost through FY or until the available funds are expended. Plastic serial tags have the state postal abbreviation, a letter and a number in either order, followed by 4 numbers.
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