Notice to Sheep and Goat Owners
Identification Requirements for Sheep and Goats for the
National Scrapie Eradication Program
Effective October 9, 2008
Public and/or Private Sales
1. Florida regulation (5C-29), requires that ALL sheep and goats regardless of age must be
official individually identified (ID) with the USDA official ear tags, for the National Scrapie
Eradication Program, prior to entering intrastate commerce. Breed registry tattoos may be
used for animals if accompanied by the breed registration certificate.
2. Animals received at a market or sale without official ID must be identified by the owner
before commingling with other animals. Market management may agree to act as agent
for the owner.
3. Animals without ID must be immediately returned to the farm of origin.
NOTE: To obtain official ear tags, the owner must first obtain a flock/herd identification number. Flock/herd ID number and official ear tags MUST be obtained from the USDA.
USDA-APHIS Veterinary Services Pamela A. Hunter, DVM
Florida Area Office Veterinarian Manager,
8100 15th Place Small Ruminants, Swine and Poultry
Gainesville, FL 32606 FDOACS, Division of Animal Industry
(352) 313-3060 407 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800