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Individual State Identification Requirements: What Sheep and Goats Need Official USDA-Approved Ear Tags

All states require certain sheep and goats to be officially identified on change of ownership. And, while many states have identical requirements to the USDA interstate requirements, other states have additional requirements regarding intrastate movement and/or interstate movement, and some states exempt certain classes of sheep and/or goats. It is your responsibility as a person who owns or handles sheep or goats to know and adhere to state requirements for your respective state and, if moving out of state, to know and adhere to the federal requirements and those of the states to where animals are being moved.

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The information provided below addresses state requirements regarding sheep and goats needing official identification (USDA-approved ear tags are the most commonly used official identification).

Please be aware that certain states also require a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (official health certificate) and/or an import permit when animals are being moved within or into the state or being trucked through the state—and it is your responsibility to know and adhere to those specific state requirements as well.

To learn more about a specific state’s scrapie identification requirements regarding interstate or intrastate movement, contact the appropriate State Veterinarian (SV).

For questions regarding USDA interstate requirements or to obtain official eartags, contact the USDA VS Area office listed below.

 

Updated as of April 2008

 

AL

AK

AZ

AR

CA

CO

CT

DE

FL

GA

HI

ID

IL

IN

IA

KS

KY

LA

ME

MD

MA

MI

MN

MS

MO

MT

NE

NV

NH

NJ

NM

NY

NC

ND

OH

OK

OR

PA

RI

SC

SD

TN

TX

UT

VT

VA

WA

WV

WI

WY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federal Requirements

 

*Note:  Personnel changes occur often; however, phone numbers typically endure through these personnel changes.

 

Alabama

All sheep and goats require an official ear tag prior to moving off the premises of origin. Breed registration tattoos are acceptable for identification purposes if producers have registration papers that accompany the animal and if the market or sale chooses to read and check the tattoos. Complete information is available at www.agi.alabama.gov/infectious_disease/scrapie-detail-info or by contacting:

   

Dr. Anthony Frazier, SV
Ph: 334-240-7255 Ext. 1
E-mail: stvet@agi.state.al.us

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Cynthia Brasfield
Ph: 334-223-7141, 7147, 7148
E-mail: cynthia.m.brasfield@aphis.usda.gov

   

Alaska

Federal requirements apply. Click here to view Federal Requirements. Complete information is available at www.dec.state.ak.us/eh/vet/index.htm or by contacting:

   

Dr. Robert Gerlach VMD, SV
Ph: 970-375-8200
E-mail: bob.gerlach@alaska.gov

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Mike Philo VMD
Ph: 360-753-9430
E-mail: mike.philo@aphis.usda.gov

   

Arizona

Before intrastate movement of a sheep more than 18 months of age, or a sheep or goat of any age not in a slaughter channel, the producer shall identify the animal to the flock of birth before leaving the flock of birth. A sheep or goat not in a slaughter channel includes an animal not for sale, transfer, or movement to: 1) A slaughter facility, 2) Custom slaughter, or 3) A feeding operation before movement to slaughter. Complete information is available by contacting:

   

Dr. John W. Hunt, Acting SV
Ph: 602-542-7186
E-mail: jhunt@azda.gov

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Rita Kester
Ph: 520-287-4172
E-mail: rita.s.kester@aphis.usda.gov

   

Arkansas

All sheep and goats imported or exhibited within the state of Arkansas must be identified by an official USDA tag, legible official goat registry tattoo if accompanied by a registration certificate or other approved device that contains a premises identification issued by the state of origin in combination with a unique animal number. Animals for movement to slaughter and meat goats under 18 months are exempt. Complete information is available at www.arlpc.org or by contacting:

   

Dr. G. Pat Badley, SV
Ph: 501-907-2400
E-mail: pbadle@arlpc.org

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Mark Rose
Ph: 501-224-9515, 5825
E-mail: mark.d.rose@aphis.usda.gov

   

California

All sheep and goats require an official ear tag except 1) lambs or kids less than 18 months of age in slaughter channels that have not lambed, kidded, aborted or are pregnant; 2) low-risk commercial goats; and 3) castrated animals less than 18 months of age that are not for exhibition. Specific scrapie identification requirements regarding interstate movement is available at www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/Animal_Health/Permits.html. California Department of Food and Agriculture Permits may be obtained at 916-900-5052 or by contacting:

   

Dr. Charles Palmer, SE
Ph: 530-225-2140
E-mail: cpalmer@cdfa.ca.gov

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Greg Ramos
Ph: 916-854-3900
E-mail: greg.r.ramos@aphis.usda.gov

   

Colorado

All sheep and goats require official ear tag prior to moving off the premises of origin. No additional state requirements. Federal requirements apply. Click here to view Federal Requirements. Complete information is available by contacting:

   

Dr. Ed Kline
Ph: 303-239-4161
E-mail: ed.kline@ag.state.co.us

Jonathan Hernandez, Animal Health Program Assistant
Ph: 303-231-5385

 
   

Connecticut

All sheep and goats require an official ear tag prior to moving off the premises of origin. Complete information is available by contacting:

   

Dr. Mary Lis, SV
Ph: 860-713-2505
E-mail: mary.lis@ct.gov

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Lech Szkudlarek
Ph: 508-363-2290
E-mail: lech.szkudlarek@aphis.usda.gov

   

Delaware

All sheep and goats require an official ear tag prior to moving off the premises of origin. Complete information is available by contacting:

   

Dr. Sara Busch, SV
Ph: 302-698-4451
E-mail: sara.busch@state.de.us

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Kent Holm
Ph: 410-349-9708
E-mail: kent.b.holm@aphis.usda.gov

   

Florida

FDOACS Stakeholder Letter Regarding Intrastate Movement Requirements for Sheep & Goats. All sheep and goats must have official individual identification. All goats and sheep entered for exhibition purposes must have an official individual identification. Complete information is available at www.doacs.state.fl.us/ai/main/rules.shtml or by contacting:

   

Dr. Tom Holt, SV
Ph: 850-410-0910
E-mail: holtt@doacs.state.fl.us

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Susan Loezel
Ph: 352-313-3060
E-mail: susan.m.loezel@aphis.usda.gov

   

Georgia

In addition to Federal requirements, Georgia requires official individual identification of all high-risk goats (those in contact with sheep) as well as official ear tags on all sheep going to a livestock market. Complete information is available by contacting:

   

Dr. Carter Black, SV
Ph: 404-656-3671
E-mail: cblack@agr.state.ga.us

Dr. Stan Crane
Designated Scrapie Epidemiologist
Ph: 404-656-3667
Email: stan.crane@agr.georgia.gov

 

   

Hawaii

All sheep and goats require official identification except lambs or kids less than 18 months of age in slaughter channels that have not lambed, kidded, aborted or are pregnant. Complete information is available by contacting:

   

Dr. Jim Foppoli, SV
Ph: 808-483-7111
E-mail: james.m.foppoli@hawaii.gov

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Thomas J. Brignole
Ph: 360-753-9430
E-mail: thomas.j.brignole@aphis.usda.gov

   

Idaho

All sheep and goats except exempt animals must carry an official ear tag. Exemptions: 1) neutered animals under 18 months of age; 2) breeding animals under 18 months of age shipped directly to an approved slaughter establishment or shipped directly to a feedlot for finish feeding for slaughter only; 3) castrated or low-risk commercial goats; and 4) registered sheep and goats accompanied by registration papers or a certificate of veterinary inspection with legible unique registrations tattoos. Goats registered with a National Goat Registry that allows for electronic implant identification, as recorded on a registration certificate, may be identified with an electronic implant. Complete information is available by contacting:

   

Dr. Bill Barton, SV
Ph: 208-332-8540
E-mail: bill.barton@agri.idaho.gov

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Mary K. Tinker
Ph: 208-378-5631
E-mail: mary.k.tinker@aphis.usda.gov

   

Illinois

All sheep and goats moving within Illinois must be officially identified to their herd/flock of birth. If flock or herd of birth is not known, then they must still be officially identified to the flock or origin by that producer or by a livestock dealer and then move directly to slaughter.Complete information is available at www.agr.state.il.us or by contacting:

   

Dr. Mark Ernst, SV
Ph: 217-782-4944
E-mail:  mark.ernst@Illinois.gov

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Rick Jones
Ph: 217-494-2600
E-mail: rick.l.jones@aphis.usda.gov

   

Indiana

Federal requirements apply. Click here to view Requirements.  Complete information is available by contacting:

   

Dr. Bret D. Marsh, SV
Ph: 317-544-2400
E-mail: bmarsh@boah.in.gov

IN State Board of Animal Health
Dr. Cheryl Miller
Ph: 317-402-1527
E-mail: cmiller@boah.in.gov

   

Iowa

The following sheep and goats must be identified with an official ear tag: 1) All sheep more than 18 months of age; 2) All sexually intact sheep of any age sold, leased or moved for the purpose of breeding or exhibition; and 3) All sexually intact goats used for breeding/milking or exhibition and those that reside with sheep. Complete information is available at www.iowaagriculture.gov/animalIndustry/scrapieProgram.asp or by contacting:

   

Dr. David Schmitt, State Veterinarian
Ph: 515-281-5305
E-mail: david.schmitt@idals.state.ia.us

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Pamela Smith
Ph: 515-284-4140
E-mail: pamela.smith@idals.state.ia.us

Dr. Sharon Fairchild
Ph: 515-284-4140
E-mail: sharon.k.fairchild@aphis.usda.gov

   

Kansas

Kansas follows Federal requirements for intrastate movement for sheep and goats with one exception: Any intact sheep or goat over eight weeks of age must be identified with official and individual identification prior to change in ownership. Wethers over 18 months of age must be similarly identified prior to change of ownership. Click here to view Federal Requirements. Complete information is available by contacting:

   

Dr. William L. Brown, SV
Ph: 785-296-2326
E-mail: william.brown@kda.ks.gov

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Donald Evans
Ph: 785-270-1305
E-mail: donald.e.evans@aphis.usda.gov

   

Kentucky

All sheep and goats of any age or sex must carry an official ear tag on change of ownership and prior to moving off the premises of origin. Breed registration tattoos are acceptable for identification purposes if producers have registration papers and if the market or sale chooses to read and check the tattoos. Complete entry requirements and requirements for interstate and intrastate movement may be accessed at www.kyagr.com/statevet/sheepandgoat/index.htm or by contacting:

   

Dr. Robert Stout, SV
Ph: 502-564-3956
E-mail: robert.stout@ky.gov

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Robert Southall
Ph: 502-848-2045
E-mail: robert.e.southall@aphis.usda.gov

   

Louisiana

All sheep and goats require official identification except low-risk sheep and goats as defined by USDA. Complete information is available by contacting:

   

Dr. Henry Moreau., acting SV
Ph: 504-925-3980
E-mail: hmoreau@ldaf.state.la.us

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Scott DeJean
Ph: 225-389-0436
E-mail: scott.k.dejean@aphis.usda.gov

   

Maine

Maine is a scrapie-consistent state and follows Federal requirements. All sexually intact animals must be officially identified on change of ownership for movement within the state, except for those animals less than 18 months of age moving direct to slaughter or those animals less than 18 months of age moving in slaughter channels. Click here to view Federal Requirements. Complete information is available at www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rules/01/001/001c202.doc or by contacting:

   

Dr. Don Hoenig, SV
Ph: 207-287-3701
E-mail: donald.e.hoenig@maine.gov

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Lech Szkudlarek
Ph: 508-865-1421, 1422
E-mail: lech.szkudlarek@aphis.usda.gov

   

Maryland

Federal requirements apply. Click here to view Federal Requirements. Complete information is available by contacting:

   

Dr. Guy Hohenhaus, SV
Ph:  410-841-5810
E-mail: hohenhgs@mda.state.md.us

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Kent Holm
Ph: 410-349-9708
E-mail: kent.b.holm@aphis.usda.gov

   

Massachusetts

All sheep and goats must have an official ear tag at the change of ownership or at age of 18 months whichever occurs first. Complete information is available by contacting:

   

Dr. Lorraine O’Connor, SV
Ph: 617-626-1790
E-mail: lorraine.o'connor@state.ma.us

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Lech Szkudlarek
Ph: 508-865-1421, 1422
E-mail: lech.szkudlarek@aphis.usda.gov

   

Michigan

All sheep and goats, regardless of age or reproductive capability, must have an official ear tag prior to moving off the premises of origin. Complete information is available at www.michigan.gov or by contacting:

   

Dr. Steve Halstead, SV
Ph: 517-373-1077
E-mail: halsteads@michigan.gov

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Mark Remick
Ph: 517-373-1077
E-mail: remickm@state.mi.us

Dr. Jean Ray, SE
Ph: 517-324-5290
E-mail: jean.s.ray@aphis.usda.gov

   

Minnesota

All sheep and goats—except animals entering slaughter channels or going to a terminal feedlot—must have an official ear tag upon movement from the flock to another location and before being commingled with sheep and goats from other flocks. Complete information is available by contacting:

   

Dr William L. Hartmann, SV
Ph: 651-296-2942
E-mail: bill.hartmann@state.mn.us

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Kristine Petrini
Ph: 651-296-2942
E-mail: kris.petrini@state.mn.us

   

Mississippi

Federal requirements apply. Click here to view Federal Requirements. Complete information is available by contacting:

   

Dr. James A. Watson, SV
Ph: 601-359-1170
E-mail: jimw@mdac.state.ms.us

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Donald L. Varner
Ph: 601-965-4307
E-mail: donald.l.varner@aphis.usda.gov

   

Missouri

All sheep and goats must be identified if moving intrastate or coming in from out of state. The most current regulations available at www.sos.mo.gov/adrules/csr/current/2csr/2c30-2.pdf or by contacting:

   

Dr. Taylor Woods, Acting SV
Ph: 573-751-3377
E-mail: taylor.woods@mda.mo.gov

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Alison King
Ph: 573-636-3116
E-mail: alison.o.king@aphis.usda.gov

Dr. Virginia Shannon
Ph: 573-636-3116
E-mail: virginia.a.shannon@aphis.usda.gov

Dr. Larry Forgey
Ph: 573-636-3116
E-mail: larry.forgey@mda.mo.gov

   

Montana

Federal requirements apply. Click here to view Federal Requirements. Complete information is available by contacting:

   

Dr. Martin Zaluski, SV
Ph: 406-444-2043
E-mail: mzaluski@mt.gov

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Rod Meier
Ph: 406-449-2220
E-mail: rod.s.meier@aphis.usda.gov

   

Nebraska

Federal requirements apply. Click here to view Federal Requirements. Complete information is available by contacting:

   

Dr. Dennis Hughes, SV
Ph: 402-471-2351
E-mail: dhughes@agr.ne.gov
E-mail: dwilmot@agr.ne.gov

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Gary Stevens
Ph: 402-434-2300
E-mail: gary.e.stevens@aphis.usda.gov

Dr. Roger Dudley
Ph: 402-471-6837
E-mail: roger.dudley@nebraska.gov

   

Nevada

In addition to Federal requirements, Nevada requires all sheep and goats have official scrapie identification ear tags when they go to fairs and exhibitions. Click here to view Federal Requirements. Complete information is available by contacting:

   

Dr. Keith Forbes, Nevada Scrapie Coordinator
Ph:  775-353-3707
E-mail: keith.forbes@agri.nv.gov

Kathy Sharkey, Livestock Permits
Ph: 775-353-3718

   

New Hampshire

Federal requirements apply. Click here to view Federal Requirements. Complete information is available at www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/NHTOC/NHTOC-XL-436.htm or by contacting:

   

Dr. Stephen K. Crawford, SV
Ph: 603-271-2404
E-mail: stephen.crawford@agr.nh.gov

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Lech Szkudlarek
Ph: 508-865-1421, 1422
E-mail: lech.szkudlarek@aphis.usda.gov

   

New Jersey

Federal requirements apply. Click here to view Federal Requirements. Complete information is available by contacting:

   

Dr. Manoel Tamassia, DVM, SV
Ph: 609-292-3965
E-mail: manoel.tamassia@ag.state.nj.us

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Leslie Bulaga
Ph: 609-259-5260
E-mail: leslie.l.bulaga@aphis.usda.gov

   

New Mexico

All sheep and goats require official identification except slaughter animals, unless sexually intact, and wethers for exhibition.Complete information is available at www.newmexicolivestockboard.com or by contacting:

   

Dr. Dave Fly, Acting SV
Ph: 505-841-6161
E-mail: dave.fly@state.nm.us

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Milo Muller
Ph: 505-761-3160
E-mail: miloslav.muller@aphis.usda.gov

   

New York

Sheep and Goats Required to be identified with USDA approved identification:

  • Sheep and goats of any age being sold for breeding or as a pet
  • All sheep and goats being exhibited
  • All sheep and goats (wethers included), over 18 months, in slaughter channels.  This includes animals brought to a livestock market for sale or directly to a slaughter plant.
  • Any lamb or kid, under 18 months, that is being brought to a livestock market for sale.
   

Dr. David Smith
Ph: 518-457-3502
E-mail: david.smith@agriculture.ny.gov

USDA/APHIS/VS AVIC
Dr. Roxanne Mullaney
Ph: 518-218-7540

USDA/APHIS/VS Scrapie Program
Anna Draisey
Ph: 518-858-1424
E-mail: anna.draisey@aphis.usda.gov

   

North Carolina

All sheep and goats must have an official ear tag except wethers and animals less than 12 months of age that are moving directly to slaughter. Complete information is available by contacting:

   

Dr. David T. Marshall, SV
Ph: 919-733-7601
E-mail: david.marshall@ncagr.gov

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Leslie Kent
Ph: 919-855-7700
E-mail: leslie.p.kent@aphis.usda.gov

   

North Dakota

All sheep and goats require official identification except sheep under 18 months in slaughter channels; goats in slaughter channels; wethers for exhibition; low-risk commercial goats; animals moved for grazing or similar management purposes without change of ownership; and animals shipped directly to an approved slaughter facility or approved market when all the animals in a section of a truck are from the same premises of origin and are accompanied by an owner’s statement. Complete information is available by contacting:

   

Dr. Susan J. Keller, SV
Ph: 701-328-2655
E-mail: skeller@nd.gov

Dr. Beth Carlson
Ph: 701-328-2655
E-mail: bwcarlson@nd.gov

   

Ohio

Sheep and goats—except sheep less than 18 months of age moving into a slaughter channel and goats of any age moving into a slaughter channel—must have an official ear tag, an approved electronic implant or approved tattoo. Complete information is available at http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/901%3A1-13 or by contacting:

   

Dr. T. Forshey, SV
Ph: 614-728-6220
E-mail: tforshey@agri.ohio.gov

 

Dr. Dave Frew

Designated Scrapie Epidemiologist

Ph: 614-728-6220

E-mail: frew@agri.ohio.gov

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. David Frew
Ph: 614-856-4735
E-mail: frew@mail.agri.state.oho.us

Dr. Nancy Hannaway, DSE
Ph: 614-856-4735
E-mail: nancy.l.hannaway@aphis.usda.gov

Dr. Susan Skorupski
Ph: 614-856-4735
E-mail: susan.skorupski@aphis.usda.gov

   

Oklahoma

All sheep and goats must have an official ear tag prior to moving into a market chain or upon change of ownership. Complete information is available by contacting:

   

Dr. Rod Hall, SV
Ph: 405-522-0270
E-mail: rod.hall@ag.ok.gov

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Nancy Roberts
Ph: 405-427-9413
E-mail: nancy.j.roberts@aphis.usda.gov

   

Oregon

Federal requirements apply. Click here to view Federal Requirements. Complete information is available at www.oregon.gov/ODA/AHID/animal_health/import_sheep_goats.shtml or by contacting:

   

Dr. Donald E. Hansen, SV
Ph: 503-986-4680
E-mail: dhansen@oda.state.or.us

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Jack Mortenson
Ph: 503-399-5871
E-mail: jack.a.mortenson@aphis.usda.gov

   

Pennsylvania

All sheep and goats imported into the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania must have a Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture-approved individual identification. Sheep and goats shipped through the state to another destination and temporarily unloaded from the vehicle or conveyance must have individual identification. All sheep and goats born within the state and transported live from their premises of birth must have individual identification. Complete information is available by contacting the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture or:

   

Dr. Paul Knepley., SV
Ph: 717-772-2852
E-mail: pknepley@state.pa.us

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Maher Rizk
Ph: 717-782-3442
E-mail: maher.a.rizk@aphis.usda.gov

   

Rhode Island

All sheep and goats—except those in the slaughter channel—must have an official ear tag when changing ownership or location. Animals entered the state from out of state require unique identification. Sheep and goats need not be identified if they are in a slaughter channel. Complete information is available by contacting:

   

Dr. Scott Marshall, SV
Ph: 401-222-2781
E-mail: scott.marshall@dem.state.ri.us

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Lech Szkudlarek
Ph: 508-865-1421, 1422
E-mail: lech.szkudlarek@aphis.usda.gov

   

South Carolina

Federal requirements apply. Click here to view Federal Requirements. Complete information is available by contacting:

   

Clemson Livestock Poultry Health
Dr. Patty Scharko, Designated Scrapie Epidemiologist
Ph: 803-726-7803
E-mail: pschark@clemson.edu

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Towana D. Guinyard
Ph: 803-462-2910
E-mail: towana.guinyard@aphis.usda.gov

   

South Dakota

Federal requirements apply. Click here to view Federal Requirements. Complete information is available at www.state.sd.us/aib or by contacting:

   

Dr. Sam D. Holland, SV
Ph: 605-773-3321
E-mail: dr.holland@state.sd.us

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Craig Hanson
Ph: 605-773-3321
E-mail: vssd@aphis.usda.gov

   

Tennessee

All sheep that move outside the state must have an official ear tag. All sheep that move within the state—except wethers under the age of 18 months produced for slaughter only—must have an official ear tag. This includes change of ownership, shows, fairs, expositions, or slaughter. All registered breeding goats, goats commingled with sheep, goats for exhibition and dairy goats moving off the premises of origin must have an official ear tag. This includes change of ownership, shows, fairs, expositions, or slaughter. Complete information is available at http://tennessee.gov/sos/rules/0080/0080-02/0080-02-01.pdf or by contacting:

   

Dr. Ronald B. Wilson, SV
Ph: 615-837-5120
E-mail: ron.wilson@state.tn.us

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Shelly J. Phillips
Ph: 615-781-5310
E-mail: shelly.j.phillips@aphis.usda.gov

   

Texas

The following sheep must be officially identified with an official ear tag: 1) All breeding sheep regardless of age; 2) All sheep 18 months of age or older; and 3) All sexually intact show or exhibition sheep. All breeding or exhibition goats must be identified with an official ear tag, except registered goats with a registration tattoo and accompanied by registration papers.  All goats in slaughter channels must be officially identified, except goats that have not commingled with sheep. Federal requirements apply to intrastate movement. Click here to view Federal Requirements. Complete information is available at www.tahc.state.tx.us or by contacting:

   

Dr. Dee Ellis,  SV
Ph: (512) 719-0700 or 0777
E-mail: dee.ellis@tachc.state.tx.us

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Dan Baca
Ph: 512-916-5551 thru 5557
E-mail: daniel.r.baca@aphis.usda.gov

Dr. Brian Bohl
Ph: 512-916-5551 thru 5557
E-mail: brian.a.bohl@aphis.usda.gov

Dr. Robert Scott
Ph: 512-916-5551 thru 5557
E-mail: robert.a.scott@aphis.usda.gov

Dr. Gary Hart
Ph: 512-916-5551 thru 5557
E-mail: gary.l.hart@aphis.usda.gov

Dr. Andrew Schwartz
Ph: 512-916-5551 thru 5557
E-mail: andys@tahc.state.tx.us

   

Utah

Federal requirements apply. Click here to view Federal Requirements. Complete information is available at www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r058/r058-001.htm#T8 or by contacting:

   

Dr. Earl Rogers, SV
Ph: 801-538-7160
E-mail: erogers@utah.gov

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Earl Stoneman
Ph: 801-524-5010, 5012
E-mail: earl.stoneman@aphis.usda.gov

   

Vermont

In addition to animals covered by federal requirements, all sheep and goats exhibited within the state must have an official ear tag. Click here to view Federal Requirements. Complete information is available by contacting:

   

Dr. Kerry Rood, SV
Ph: 802-828-2421
E-mail: drrood@agr.state.vt.us
E-mail: tjohnson@agr.state.vt.us

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Lech Szkudlarek
Ph: 508-865-1421, 1422
E-mail: lech.szkudlarek@aphis.usda.gov

   

Virginia

Virginia follows Federal requirements. In addition, Virginia allows livestock markets and sale/show managers to require all animals be identified with official ear tags. Click here to view Federal Requirements. Complete information is available by contacting:

   

Dr. Richard L. Wilkes, SV
Ph: 804-786-2483
E-mail: richard.wilkes@vdacs.state.va.us

 

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Kenneth Scheel
Ph: 804-771-2774
E-mail: kenneth.r.scheel@aphis.usda.gov

   

Washington

Every sheep and goat—unless otherwise exempted—must be identified with a state or federal flock identification number and an identification upon change of ownership, possession, intrastate transport or interstate transport. Animals over 18 months of age as evidenced by eruption of their second incisor in slaughter channels must be identified such that the animal may be traced to its flock of birth. Ewes that have lambed or are pregnant in slaughter channels must be so identified regardless of age.  All goats

The following sheep must be officially identified with official USDA scrapie program identification: 1) All breeding sheep; 2) All sexually intact sheep imported for exhibition; and 3) All sheep over 18 months of age. Complete information is available by contacting:

   

Dr. Leonard E. Eldridge, Acting SV
Ph: 360- 902-1878
E-mail: leldridge@agri.wa.gov

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Thomas J. Brignole
Ph: 360-753-9430
E-mail: thomas.j.brignole@aphis.usda.gov

Dr. Ben Smith
Ph: 360-753-9430
E-mail: bsmith@agr.wa.gov

   

West Virginia

All sheep and goats must have an official ear tag prior to moving from the premises of origin. Complete information is available at www.wvagriculture.org or by contacting:

   

Dr. L. Joe Starcher, SV
Ph: (304) 558-2214
E-mail: jstarcher@ag.state.wv.us

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Dr. Susan Skorupski
Ph: 614-469-5062
E-mail: susan.skorupski@aphis.usda.gov

   

Wisconsin

All sheep and goats must have official individual identification prior to moving off the premises of origin except animals under 12 months of age that are either neutered OR going directly to a slaughtering establishment for slaughter. (Most markets are not slaughter establishments.)

All sheep and goats imported into Wisconsin must have official individual identification, regardless of age. Except for those going directly to a slaughtering establishment for slaughter, all sheep and goats imported into Wisconsin must also have a certificate of veterinary inspection. Animals from some states or regions may also need import permits. Complete and up-to-date information is available at http://datcp.wi.gov/Animals/Animal_Movement/Sheep_Goats/index.aspx or by contacting:

   

Melinda Young, Wisconsin Animal Health Import Coordinator
Ph: 608-224-4874
E-mail: DATCPAnimalImports@wisconsin.gov

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
Doris Olander
Ph: 608-662-0600
E-mail: doris.olander@aphis.usda.gov

   

Wyoming

All sheep imported for breeding purposes or exhibition regardless of age and all sheep and goats 18 months of age and older shall be identified with a visable official Scrapie Identification device. Complete information is available at http://wlsb.state.wy.us/animalhealth.htm or by contacting:

   

Dr. Jim Logan, SV
Ph: 307-777-6443
E-mail: jim.logan@wyo.gov

Dr. Bob Meyer, Assistant SV

E-mail: bob.meyer@wyo.gov

 

Dr. Thach Winslow, Assistant SV

E-mail: thach.winslow@wyo.gov

 

USDA/APHIS/VS Office
John Duncan
Ph: 307-772-2186
E-mail: john.v.duncan@aphis.usda.gov

   

Federal Requirements

In accordance with the National Accelerated Scrapie Eradication Program, Federal requirements mandate these groups of sheep and goats need an official scrapie USDA-approved eartag or other official identification before being moved from an owner’s premises regardless if they are being shipped in-state or out-of-state:

  • All breeding sheep and potential breeding sheep regardless of age.
  • All sheep 18 months and older.
  • All sheep and goats for exhibition except for wethers.
  • All scrapie-exposed, suspect, test-positive and high-risk animals.
  • Breeding goats except low-risk commercial goats.
  • Sheep under 18 months of age in slaughter channels that are females that are pregnant or have aborted or sexually intact animals from a scrapie-infected flock/herd.


The following groups do not need individual identification and have no movement restrictions:

  • Lambs—ewes, ram lambs and wethers under 18 months of age—moving into slaughter channels, including slaughter only auction markets.
  • Goats—wethers, does and bucks of any age—moving into slaughter channels.
  • Low-risk commercial goats—those raised for fiber and/or meat; those not registered or exhibited; those they have not been in contact with sheep; those not scrapie positive, not high risk or exposed; those not from an infected or source herd; and those not commingled with other goats at premises that do not meet these criteria.
  • Wethers for exhibition.
  • Animals moving for grazing when no change of ownership occurs.

National Scrapie Education Initiative
National Institute for Animal Agriculture
13570 Meadowgrass Drive, Suite 201 • Colorado Springs, CO 80921
Phone: 719-538-8843 • Fax: 719-538-8847
Email: scrapie@animalagriculture.org