Gradiated Sheep
Eradicate Scrapie!
Gradiated Goats

Your Participation is Needed Now, More Than Ever —
To Reach the Goal of Eradicating Scrapie from the U.S.

Sheep HeadIn 2001 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) initiated an accelerated program to eradicate scrapie from the nation's sheep flocks and goat herds.  This program has reduced the prevalence of scrapie by over 85%, but, to find and eliminate the last few cases, the cooperation of sheep and goat producers everywhere is needed.

The National Scrapie Eradication Program (NSEP) coordinated by the USDA is a joint effort that includes participation by state governments and industry, particularly producers.

Producers can contribute significantly to this program by

  • Officially identifying their sheep and goats per the federal regulations and the regulations of their state.
  • Reporting suspect sheep and goats to a State, Federal, or accredited veterinarian.
  • Submitting heads from sheep and goats over 18 months of age that die for scrapie testing
  • Using genetic selection in flocks at risk.

The identification requirements for each state are available on this website.  If you are unsure whether a particular sheep or goat needs to be identified, tag it.

Now Available:
Flyers on What's New in Goat and Sheep ID

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Nationwide Mandatory Requirements

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Read the National Scrapie Eradication Program and National Institute for Animal Agriculture News Release on the new rules on Sheep and Goat ID.

For information on this fatal degenerative brain disease of sheep and goats, NSEP progress and other aspects of the program, please click on the topics listed in the box in the upper right-hand side of this webpage.

Other excellent sources of information regarding scrapie and the NSEPNeed-Tags? include

  • Your USDA/APHIS/Veterinary Services area office
  • Your State Veterinarian's office
  • Accredited veterinarians
  • American Sheep Industry Association website: A Producer's Guide to Scrapie.

Although USDA has greatly reduced the availability of free tags, some producers may qualify to receive a limited quantity of tags at no cost. Call the scrapie toll free number 866-USDA-TAG for more information.

For additional information regarding scrapie, scrapie program rules and voluntary Scrapie Flock Certification Program (SFCP), please visit the USDA/APHIS/Veterinary Services website:National Scrapie Eradication Program

For information on the National Scrapie Eradication Program Record Guide for Sheep and Goats booklet, (The Little Yellow Books) email


National Scrapie Education Initiative
National Institute for Animal Agriculture
13570 Meadowgrass Drive, Suite 201 • Colorado Springs, CO 80921
Phone: 719-538-8843 • Fax: 719-538-8847