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Ear Tags and Tattoo Supplies

USDA Scrapie Eradication Program


Regulatory Program


To comply, producers must insert an official tag in an ear of show sheep and goats, sheep and goats over 18 months of age, and intact sheep and goats under 18 months of age not moving into slaughter channels prior to leaving their farm of origin/birth.

There are exemptions for some types/classes of sheep and goats. Registry or official USDA flock ID tattoos may also be used. Rules vary a little from state to state. (See www.eradicatescrapie.org for more details.)

The tags enable officials to identify the place of birth of older sheep and goats whose brains, post slaughter, are diagnosed with scrapie. The tags also assist in locating the live animals born on a premise that produced an animal diagnosed with scrapie.

Official tags can be:
• Regulatory Approved. You pay for the tag but choose tag, size and color (except blue). We can personalize the male side for you.
• Regulatory free tags (white only). As of Oct. 1, 2009, Premier no longer supplies the free white tags. If you need them, contact your state APHIS office @ 1-866-USDA-tag.

For all sheep and goats in the USA.

  • Cost of tags:Paid by producer.
  • Tag options: Q-flex® 1.5, Q-flex® 3 and Q-flex® 5, 7X and Mini. Color is up to you (except blue, which is reserved for USDA use).
  • Imprinting: Male side has up to 2 lines of imprinting of the producer's choice. Female side has official flock number and a unique animal ID number.
  • Shipped usually within 2 working days of placing order. Delivery date depends upon method of shipment.

Volunteer Scrapie Flock Certification Program (SFCP)


USDA's scrapie flock certification program provides buyers of breeding stock with assurance that the seller's sheep (if they're enrolled in the program) are less likely to have scrapie. Those who voluntarily enroll in this program are in compliance with all Regulatory rules.

  • Cost of tags: Paid by producer.
  • Tag options: Q-flex® 1.5, Q-flex® 3 and Q-flex® 5, 7X and Mini. Color is up to you (except blue, which is reserved for USDA use).
  • Imprinting: Both sides have flock number and individual animal number as shown above. Male side can also have one additional line for your own number or name.
  • Shipped usually within 2 working days of placing order. Delivery date depends upon method of shipment.

When ordering scrapie tags, please make sure to put your flock/scrapie number on the order with individual tag numbers. We do not have your number on file. Thank you.