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GOAT ID FAQs
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For a list of FAQ on NAIS in general, go
Most frequently asked question:
What kind of ID will be
required for goats in the NAIS?
The Goat Working Group is recommending that the current forms of identification
used in the Scrapie program be accepted for goats in the NAIS. That
includes these optional forms of identification: official scrapie tags; or
tattoos (legible individual registry tattoos issued by breed associations may
also be used as official identification when the animal is accompanied by its
registration certificate listing the tattoo); or electronic ID (if your goat
breed registry recognizes electronic microchips as an authorized form of ID and
the microchip number is recorded on the registration certificate, then
electronic ID is acceptable. You must also have your registration certificate
(or a copy of it) or a health certificate which includes the microchip number
that matches the one on the registration certificate. Further, you must take
your own reader unless one is provided by the show).
The Goat Working Group will need to identify during which types of movements
these forms of identification would be acceptable.
For more information on the Scrapie Program
For a brochure on "Going to a Show" with regard to the Scrapie Program
For the NAIS FAQ for Sheep and Goat ID
Are scrapie flock numbers the
same as the new premises ID numbers (PIN)?
No. They are different numbers. Here is an
explanation as to what is happening currently:
The scrapie program has
developed a data cleansing tool that will allow States to combine
duplicate premises records within the scrapie database, query the national
premises allocator to pull in existing national premises ID numbers, and
assign national premises ID numbers to those scrapie premises that do not
currently have a premises ID number. If desired by a state, it can
either provide a list of premises for automatic upload into the state
premises system or for purposes of developing a mailing list to send a
state registration form to producers to complete and return on a voluntary
This means states have the option of allowing individuals currently listed
with the scrapie program to (1) to be assigned national premises IDs in
the scrapie database without registering the premises with the state
premises system, (2) to be automatically assigned national premises ID
numbers in the scrapie database and be registered with the state premises
system, or (3) to just clean up the duplicates, pull in existing national
premises ID numbers and develop a mailing list to send a state
registration form to producers so they can register. (Note: Those that do
not have a national premises ID number in the scrapie database will not be
able to get the new RFID scrapie program approved tags).
It is a state's/producer's rights issue, and the States can individually
decide, based on input from their producers, which route they want to
take. Initially the tool set up for accomplishing this will be piloted by
a few states to work out any problems.
This site is a public
service project developed and maintained by volunteers - members of the NAIS
Goat Working Group.
Information about NAIS will be provided as available from USDA.
Please visit the USDA/NAIS website
for additional program information.
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