The National Scrapie Eradication Program is a Mandatory Federal Program
To participate, a producer must first have a scrapie number, which is assigned by the USDA, Veterinary Services office and a National Premises number, assigned by the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Call ODA: 503.986-4680
All sheep must be tagged when leaving the premises or if sold to another owner. ONLY sheep under 18 months of age and in slaughter channels are exempt from tagging requirements.
Currently, USDA-APHIS will provide up to 80 plastic flock tags, free-of-charge, to qualifying producers. The no-cost metal tags previously provided to producers will be phased out in summer 2019. During the phase out, APHIS will continue to provide up to 100 serial metal tags free-of-charge to producers who haven’t received APHIS-provided tags within the previous 24 months. The applicator for the metal tags must be purchased from the National Band & Tag Company (859.261.2035).