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Sheep and Goat Identification

Information on sheep and goat identification requirements:

Information on ordering official sheep and goat ear tags/devices:

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), National Scrapie Eradication Program, is providing up to 100 plastic flock ID tags free-of-charge, to first time participants in the sheep and goat identification program through fiscal year (FY) 2020 or until the available funds are expended. Producers will need to purchase the compatible applicator from the tag manufacturer. APHIS is working with sheep and goat organizations to transition toward electronic identification to improve our nation’s ability to quickly trace exposed and diseased animals in the event of an outbreak. Our goal is to start to transition to electronic identification by fall 2020.  

APHIS discontinued the availability of no-cost metal tags for producers on 8/31/19. Dealers and markets may continue to receive metal serial tags at no cost through FY 2020 or until the available funds are expended.  Flock ID tag numbers are the producer’s flock ID assigned by APHIS or the State followed by an individual animal number. Metal serial tag numbers have the state postal abbreviation, 2 letters followed by 4 numbers. Plastic serial tags have the state postal abbreviation, a letter and a number in either order, followed by 4 numbers.

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

Producers and others who handle sheep or goats in commerce who need additional tags or want a different type or color of tag may purchase official plastic, metal or radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags directly from approved tag manufactures. A flock or Premises ID is required to order tags from these sources.  A National Premises ID is also required to purchase official 840 RFID tags or implantable devices.  

For those who use the APHIS-provided tags, please note that you will need to purchase a compatible applicator. 

The companies listed below are approved. These ear tags and devices are approved for the official identification of sheep and goats in interstate commerce. There are restrictions on the use of implantable devices, refer to page 55 of the National Scrapie Eradication Program Standards

Note: SFCP tags may only be purchased by owners of flocks participating in the Scrapie Free Flock Certification Program. Regular program tags may be purchased by any producer who has a flock/premises ID.  

Allflex USA, Inc.
PO Box 612266
2805 East 14th Street
Dallas Ft. Worth Airport, TX 75261-2266
Ph: (833) SCRAPIE  [833-727-2743]
Fax: (972) 338-3445
Website:  www.scrapietags.com   
E-mail:    scrapiefulfillment@allflexusa.com  

(RFID and Plastic eartags in several colors- regular and SFCP)


Alliance ID, USA
2199 Manton Drive
Covington, Louisiana 70433
985-898-0811
800-434-2843
https://www.microchipidsystems.com
Email: answers@microchipidsystems.com
Contact: John Wade, DVM

(RFID 840 microchip transponders in syringes. Universal scanners)  

EZid, LLC
4412 W 4th Street Road
Greeley, CO 80634
970-351-7701
877-330-3943
http://www.EZidAvid.com
Sales@EZidAvid.com
Contact: Elsie McCoy

(RFID - Avid Microchip transponder implants and scanners)


National Band & Tag Company
721 York St., P.O. Box 72430
Newport, KY 41072-0430, USA

Phone: (859) 261-2035
Fax:  (859) 261-8247
Contacts:  Kevin Haas, Sarah Fields

(RFID tags and metal tags in white, green, orange, mauve and bright metal) 

Premier 1 Supplies LLC
2031 300th St 
Washington, IA 52353 
Phone: (800) 282-6631 
Fax: (800) 346-7992 
E-mail:  info@premier1supplies.com 
Web page: https://www.premier1supplies.com/c/ear-tags-and-tattoo-supplies/ear-tags-for-usda-scrapie-eradication-program
Contact: Customer Service

(Plastic eartags in several colors- regular and SFCP)


Shearwell Data USA
Phone: (320) 760-4696
E-mail: dan.persons@shearwell.com
Web page: www.shearwell.com
Contact: Dan Persons

(RFID and Plastic eartags in several colors- regular and SFCP)

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