Sheep Identification

Visit this USDA link for information on official identification for sheep.

For information on ordering official sheep tags click here.

To request official sheep tags, a flock or premises ID or both, call 1-866-USDA-Tag (866-873-2824).

Sheep & Goat Official ID Basics Flow Chart (pdf)

Electronic ID Transition Working Group

Animal identification and animal disease traceability systems are hot topics in the livestock community today.

Concerned that the USDA will at some future time impose a plan of their own for the sheep industry, in 2020, the ASI Animal Health Committee convened a small working group of diverse and knowledgeable industry representatives and subject matter experts to develop a blueprint for transitioning the sheep industry toward electronic ID. The group is led by ASI Animal Health Committee Co-Chairs, Dr. Cindy Wolf and Dr. Jim Logan.

A report from the EID Working Group is expected in early 2022.

Sheep Identification & Animal Disease Traceability Systems Survey

In 2021, ASI conducted an online survey of more than 500 sheep producers to gather information on industry animal ID practices and perceptions regarding a national animal disease traceability system. Read more about the survey in the links below.

Historical Efforts

Sheep Identification Working Group 2004

A group of industry leaders, led by Dr. Cindy Wolf, co-chair of the ASI Animal Health Committee, convened to develop a well-defined implementation phase-in plan for sheep identification that is consistent with the established standards and goals of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).

Click on the links below to download the Working Group documents: