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Indiana State Board of Animal Health

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Moving Sheep & Goats Under Indiana's Proposed Disease Traceability Rule

What is Official Sheep & Goat ID in Indiana?
The Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) will recognize three forms of identification as official for sheep and goats.  All are approved by USDA for interstate movements of livestock.

Scrapie Program flock Tags
-Format remains unchanged
-May or may not be an RFID (radio frequency device)

Electronic Implant (Microchip)
-For breed-registered animals only
-Number must be noted on registration paperwork

-Must be accompanied by registration papers with number noted
-Or includes the scrapie flock ID number along
  with an individual animal ID number

(NOTE:  USDA backtags are considered official within slaughter channels.)


Moving Sheep & Goats


Sheep and goats entering Indiana must be accompanied by documentation and bear official ID (as recognized by BOAH).

Official ID required for:
      -All animals, regardless of age
      -Animals moving directly to a slaughter facility
      -Animal moving directly to an approved market, where the animal will be
Documentation required:
      -Certificate of Veterinary Inspection with official ID of each animal,
       written within 30 days of entry
      -Direct to an approved market
      -Veterinary care (no ownership change)
           Does not include embryo transplants
-Passing through the state

Upon change of ownership and for exhibitions, Indiana sheep and goats must have unique, individual ID.

Official ID required at change of ownership:

      -All sexually intact, regardless of age
      -All wethers, 18 months or older
      -Animals moving directly to a slaughter facility
      -Animal moving directly to an approved market, where the animal
       will be ID'ed
Exhibition ID required for wethers younger than 18 months:
      -Any form of unique, individual ID (may or may not be official form of ID)
Documentation required: 
      -Records must be kept for at least 5 years for all purchases, sales and
      -All records must specify official ID number

Always call ahead to the state-of-destination for sheep and/or goats moving out of Indiana.

Official ID:
-Sheep and goats that meet Indiana's ID requirements will
       meet the ID requirements for all states, based on USDA's
       ADT rules.
Official ID: 
-Scrapie Program flock tags
      -Electronic implant (microchips) for breed-registered
       animals only
      -Tattoo with registration papers or flock ID
      -Call ahead to ask specific details about required
       documentation.  USDA recognizes Certificates of Veterinary
       Inspection, with official IDs noted, for inter-state
      -What is the time limit on CVIs?
      -Is a pre-entry permit required?
      -Other requirements, such as tests?