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Sheep & Goats

Virginia Animal ID Program

Most states require a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection and individual official ID for sheep and goats moving interstate that are not moving direct to slaughter. In addition, sheep and goats arriving at public livestock markets in Virginia must be officially identified. Markets may provide tagging services, but may charge a tagging fee to producers.

Official identification for sheep and goats includes ear tags approved by the USDA for use in the Scrapie Eradication Program or the Scrapie Flock Certification Program; an official ear tag or other affixed device bearing a unique identification number issued by an official state or federal program, or an official USDA back tag for animals consigned directly to slaughter. Legible official registry tattoos are also acceptable if accompanied by a complete breed registration certificate.

Official scrapie tags and a flock ID can be requested by contacting the USDA Richmond Office at 866.873.2824. After October 1, 2017, only metal scrapie serial tags are available at no cost from USDA. Official plastic scrapie tags with your flock ID can be purchased from a number of approved vendors; please see this list on the USDA site.

Additional information can be found in the following documents:

Richard Odom
Virginia Animal Identification Program

Premises Registration: 

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