The Scrapie Eradication Program is now mandatory. This federal disease control program is designed to accelerate the eradication of the fatal brain disease, Scrapie, from the nation’s sheep flocks and goat herds began November 19, 2001. The program requires ear tags to be placed in all sheep and some types of goats by their owners before they are sold by private treaty or transported to a sale, show, or exhibition. Flocks enrolled in the Scrapie Flock Certification Program will not need to make any changes. Slaughter surveillance programs are under way now to determine the prevalence of Scrapie in the United States. The presence of the ear tags will allow trace back to the flock of origin of animals whose brains test positive for Scrapie. A plan can then be instituted in these flocks to eliminate the Scrapie infection. An indemnity program is in place to compensate owners for the financial loss that may incur from live animals that have to be destroyed due to Scrapie infection or exposure.
Tags may be ordered using this form or you may call 1-866-USDA-TAG (1-866-873-2824) or 1-800-642-7761 ext.7215 to request tags. Tags and applicator pliers are available to producers free of charge from the USDA, APHIS, VS office.
The following need to be tagged by their owners with USDA approved tags:
SHEEP and GOATS:
- Before a change of ownership occurs by sale by trade, private treaty, or auction
- Before transport to a livestock market
- Before transport to a slaughter facility
- Before transport to a show, fair, petting zoo, or other exhibition
Please Note: Registered goats that have a legible registry tattoo and are accompanied by their registry certificate do not require tags. The tattoo must be registered as a unique entity with the breed registry and our USDA, APHIS, VS office.