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USDA tags scrappie tags

Discussion in 'Diseases & Injuries - Goats' started by 20kidsonhill, May 29, 2012.

  1. Feb 22, 2014
    jodief100

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    We tag girls on the right, boys on the left. I would like to do what 20 kids does with her tags but I am too cheep to spend the $1 per tag when the scrapie ones are free. I keep good records in my spreadsheet so i can look anyone up with their number. We microchip the registered ones. I would love to get a pad so I can scan and download info on the spot but that is way to expensive for me.
     
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  2. Mar 8, 2014
    purplequeenvt

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    I just had to deal with the USDA about all the changes. There was a deadline for letting them know which version of the program you wanted to proceed with and that deadline has passed. We were able to get back in without much issue since we have been part of the program for years.

    Basically, the program is now divided into 2 categories for the voluntary program. I don't know how the mandatory program works.

    Category 1 is the Select. In this program, there are no yearly inspections. You have to keep flock records on who went where when, who died (and why). There is also a required number of animal samples depending on flock size. For our flock it is 1 animal every two years. This would be an animal that died or was slaughtered. You'd call your vet or the state vet and they'd come out and collect a sample of the brain stem. There is no scrapie free certification.

    The other category is Export. This one has yearly inspections, lots of record keeping, animal sampling, etc... You can get certified scrapie free. There's more to this category, but it's too complicated to explain like this. This one is for the larger farms where they want to be exporting animals, embryos and such.
     
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  3. Jun 9, 2014
    goatboy1973

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    Congrats!!! You now have an extra layer of protection for your herd and potential customers will have a sense that you care about your animals by registering them with the USDA.
     
  4. Jun 14, 2014
    goatboy1973

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    We put the scrapies tag in the left ear in all of our goats and the farm tag in their right ear. We use Microsoft Excel to keep all our goat info like D.O.B., lineage, BW, WW, YW,....etc. we use a button type goat/sheep tag and depending on breed/ % Spanish etc. our pure 100% Koy Ranch Spanish get a blue tag in their right ear. If they are % Spanish they get a green tag in their right ear, and if the have no Spanish they get an orange tag in their right ear. When we separate our goats this color coding system works awesome! When we have a customer come to the farm, we can give them an abbreviated info sheet (D.O.B., breed, %Spanish etc. and a legend describing what each color denotes). Our customers love this!
     
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  5. Oct 23, 2014
    bloonskiller911

    bloonskiller911 Loving the herd life

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    does anyone know how to back track a usda premise number on a tag?
     
  6. Oct 23, 2014
    SheepGirl

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    There was a website where you could see people in the voluntary program...I will have to see if I can find it. It doesnt have people for the mandatory program though.
     
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    SheepGirl

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    bloonskiller911

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    Thanks for the link. it was a dead end for me but at least I have tried to back track a tag!
     
  9. Feb 19, 2015
    goatboy1973

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    Right now this Scrapie Eradication is purely voluntary but eventually it will be mandatory and already we are seeing big auctions like Abingdon, Virginia only accepting goats/sheep with the I.D. Tag.
     
  10. Feb 20, 2015
    Pearce Pastures

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    Here, we don't have to have the tags if they are tattooed and registered. So long as they have a way to track them down, which is great because I hate tags.
     
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