Efforts to eliminate scrapie in the sheep and goat populations in the United States are succeeding. To ensure complete and successful eradication of this fatal degenerative brain disease, it is necessary to address identification requirements for both sheep and goats.
The "Goat Identification: Visual & Electronic" presentation and the "Identification Requirements of the National Scrapie Eradication Program for Sheep" presentation have been combined into one compact disk by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Scrapie Education Program (NSEP) with support from the National Institute for Animal Agriculture.
The presentations cover basic information regarding which sheep/goats are required to be identified. The main focus of the presentation explores approved ear tags and tattoos and their proper placement. The presentations also have sections about the use of registry tattoos and other identification methods and record keeping.
The presentation is also available at www.eradicatescrapie.org in PDF format for downloading. An order form to request your free copy of the presentation is also available at this web address.
From the Eradicate Scrapie! Information Initiative