Scrapie is a fatal, degenerative disease affecting the central nervous system of sheep and goats. This disease is comparable to mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) in cows and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in people. Infected flocks that contain a high percentage of vulnerable animals can experience significant losses. Sheep and goats sold from infected flocks spread scrapie to other flocks. The presence of scrapie in the U.S. also prevents the export of breeding stock, semen and embryos to many other countries.
The National Scrapie Eradication Program (NSEP) coordinated by the USDA is a joint effort that includes participation by state governments and producers. National Band & Tag is approved by the USDA for the official identification of sheep and goats in interstate commerce.
At National Band, we offer metal ear tags — Style 505. The Flock Tag is white, and the custom flock tag can be: white, orange, mauve, green or bright metal. Restricted animal tags are yellow and infected animal tags are red.
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