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Scrapie Information

FEDERAL ID REQUIREMENTS MANDATORY FOR ALL PYGMY GOATS

To simplify this as much as possible to the average 4-H member in our county, we have narrowed this down into several simple choices in identifying your pygmy goat projects. They are as follows:

  • If you have an NPGA REGISTERED pygmy goat, your registration tattoo is considered official identification when the animal moves WITH its REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE. When you bring your pygmy goat to the fairgrounds, you will be REQUIRED to have your registration certificate and your goat tattooed with its tattoo numbers assigned on its certificate. Please be prepared to show your NPGA Registration papers upon arrival to the goat barn for check in and keep your original NPGA Registration papers in the goat barn in case they are checked. NPGA Registered herds MUST register their herds with the USDA to be in compliance.
  • If you have an UNREGISTERED pygmy goat that originated from an NPGA Registered herd, that NPGA herd name prefix will become your ID. However, you must obtain a form from your breeder that would identify your goat with the breeder’s official NPGA tattoo prefix. This form is called an OWNER STATEMENT and is filled out and signed by the breeder. This owner statement must accompany your goat to the fair and stay with your goat for identification.
  • If you have an UNREGISTERED pygmy goat of unknown origin, you are required to have your goat examined by a veterinarian and EARTAGGED with a USDA Scrapie ID Tag. These are permanent and are not to be removed after the fair.

REMEMBER, YOUR PYGMY GOAT MUST BE EITHER TATTOOED AS DESCRIBED OR EARTAGGED WITH A SCRAPIE TAG AT THE TIME OF CHECK IN AT THE FAIRGROUNDS!

Any goat without a legible tattoo that matches its papers and/or scrapie tag will be sent home immediately. This is not our rule, it is the USDA’s rule. We will be forced to abide by their rules.

It is up to YOU to get your goat tattooed by the breeder you bought it from or taken to the vet to be tagged. Your breeder is responsible for tattooing his/her herd animals. If your goat was tattooed this year or previously, you MUST be able to read your tattoo. (Use a flashlight behind the ear if necessary) Tattoos can fade with time or growth of the animal. You must be able to read the numbers or letters, or it MUST be redone. If your tattoo can’t be read, your goat will be sent home. Check this now, not the day of the fair.

 

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