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Sheep and Goat Identification

Sheep and Goat Identification

To order official sheep and goat eartags/devices:

The National Scrapie Eradication Program provides a limited number of free official metal serial ear tags to sheep and goat producers.

Call 1-866-USDA-TAG (866-873-2824) to be connected to your USDA Veterinary Services Office or State Office Veterinarian and request that a premises identification number and Flock ID be assigned to your flock. If you want to purchase 840 RFID or 840 visual only tags also request that a National Premises Identification Number or Location Identification Number be assigned to your flock.

If you want to use USDA serial metal eartags, you may request up to 100 serial metal tags (either regular serial tags or blue slaughter only serial tags) every 24 months at no cost from USDA. The 505S applicator for the official metal tags can be purchased directly from the National Band and Tag Company at (859) 261-2035. USDA is no longer providing flock ID style tags to reduce cost and is transitioning from white to orange metal serial tags to make them more visible on white ears. Markets may request the amount needed for the current fiscal year. For more information on this change see the Stakeholder Registry notice.

  • If you would prefer to purchase a different kind of eartag or device, contact one of the approved tag companies listed below to purchase the eartags or device and applicator. Approved eartag companies offer a wider range of colors, styles and devices.

  • Regular program tags are available to all producers. SFCP tags are only available to flocks participating in the Scrapie Flock Certification Program

The companies listed below are approved. These eartags and devices are approved for the official identification of sheep and goats in interstate commerce. There are restrictions on the use of implantable devices.

Fact Sheet on sheep and goat identification requirements (September 2017).

Visit Eradicate Scrapie: a national scrapie eradication initiative provided by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) that provides information on scrapie and the identification requirements for sheep and goats.

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

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

Alliance ID, USA
2199 Manton Drive
Covington, Louisiana 70433
Contact: John Wade, DVM

(RFID 840 microchip transponders in syringes. Universal scanners)

4412 W 4th Street Road
Greeley, CO 80634
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 
Web page:
Contact: Customer Service

(Plastic eartags in several colors- regular and SFCP)

Shearwell Data USA
Phone: (320) 760-4696
Web page:
Contact: Dan Persons

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

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