Effective August 1, 2021, we will no longer accept farm tags for registration purposes.


When taking head shot / ear tag photos for registrations/transfers:
  • We need to see the COMPLETE ID number (the flock ID & the sheep ID, ex. KS1234-0001). ALL of the letters/numbers on the tag need to be visible AND readable.
  • The photos need to be looking directly at the sheep, not over the sheep.
  • The wool needs to be moved away from the tag so it is not covering the tag information.
  • The tag needs to be clean. If necessary, use a baby wipe, Isopropyl alcohol, or similar to clean.
  • We need to see the COMPLETE ID number (the flock ID & the sheep ID, ex. KS1234-0001). ALL of the letters/numbers on the tag need to be visible AND readable.
  • If necessary, take a photo of the sheep's face and then a zoomed in photo of the tag with enough of the sheep's face still in it so we know it is the same sheep.
  • If necessary, move the ear so the tag is facing forward.
  • Focus more on the tag rather than the sheep.
  • Take the photos in natural light if possible.
  • The photo should only contain the sheep you are taking the photo of not a bunch of sheep.
  • We need to see the COMPLETE ID number (the flock ID & the sheep ID, ex. KS1234-0001). ALL of the letters/numbers on the tag need to be visible AND readable.
Click on the photos to "bigify" them.

Below are some examples of acceptable and not acceptable head shot/ear tag photos. Your photos should be looking directly at the sheep's face, from the same height as the sheep, not from above, below, or from the side of the sheep and showing the complete head/face of the sheep as well as the complete ear tag number. Usually each piece of the scrapie tag is different. Make sure the photo is of the side with the COMPLETE ID number on it (starts with the two letter state abbreviation) and the sheep ID number (unique to the sheep) in most cases..

You'll also have better luck having the ear tag be readable if:
  • you don't use a flash. The light may make the tags difficult to read.

Below are examples of photos that are acceptable head shot / ear tag photos.


The photos above work. However, it is better if the photo is more of just the sheep's head, like the photos below, making the tag more easily readable.

Notice the photo of the off-white sheep with the ear tag KY6184-1780. It was necessary for the person holding the lamb to also hold the lamb's ear in a position to have the tag facing forward.

Example of a Canadian ear tagExample of a Canadian ear tag
The two photos above are examples of the Canadian ear tags. The Canadian breeders do not have an assigned flock number, their tags are just issued in numerical order as the producer orders them. All Canadian "scrapie" tags will start with 124 (the country code) 000 (range that may designate animal breed, not currently used; and the rest of the number, for sheep, will fall into 124,000,310,000,000 - 124,000,319,999,999 or 124,000,500,000,000 - 124,000,549,999,999.


The photo on the left is not showing the COMPLETE ID number. The member had to retake and resubmit the photo and it was necessary to turn the ear so the the complete ID number was showing. I believe on the two piece tags, the complete number is printed on the female piece of the tag (the button). Insert the tag so the button is inside the ear which also aids in retainabilty of the tag because it isn't as likely to get caught on fencing.


Sometimes, it will be necessary to take two photos to submit for one sheep. If the owner uses smaller tags or if they use the small metal tags it may not be possible to have the sheep's face in the photo and also have the tag be readable. In this case, take the best photo you can showing the face and the tag, then take a close up of the tag with enough of the sheep's face in the photo so the registrar would know it was the same sheep.


This tag in the photo above is like the tags currently (2021) being issued by the The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), National Scrapie Eradication Program



Below are examples of photos that are not acceptable head shot / ear tag photos.



In the first photo, part of the sheep's head is missing. The shot was not a straight on head shot in the second photo but rather from above the sheep..


The shot was not a straight on head shot in the first photo. In the second photo, half of the sheep's head is missing.


In this photo, none of the sheep's face is showing, only the tag. If it was a case of only the sheep ID number (0003) was on the inside of the ear, the sheep's ear needed to be held with this piece (the female piece) of the ear tag facing forward as mentioned in one of the sets of photos above.



We receive many questions about the height photos required for the Open Registration Application process. Below is an example of what we are looking for. In this photo, the entire sheep is visible. The sheep is standing on level ground. The vertical yardstick has the 24" height marked. The yardstick is pushed down into the wool for an accurate height. If your sheep has not been recently sheared, this is necessary. Also keep in mind, if the sheep's hooves have not been recently trimmed, they can add height to the sheep. Not necessary; but, a small level is taped to the horizontal ruler which makes it easier to know you're getting an accurate height photo by holding the yardstick level. A bonus in this photo is you can also see the sheep's ear tag number so we know it is the same sheep you're submitting the package for. Another bonus - not required - is the height of the sheep has been added to the photo.


For those purchasing their own ear tags from a tag company, here is a handy chart showing the tags in the order of readability. Choosing colors on the left end will make it easier to take a photo of the writing on the tag.



NOTE: The head shot photos may be printed with up to four on a page on copy paper. They do not need to be printed on photo paper. The example below is four photos on one sheet of 8.5" x 11" copy paper. The name of the sheep and ear tag number one can see on the off-white sheep photos was added to the photos using Photoshop but is not a requirement.

If you are submitting your photos via the Electronic Submission Process (ESP), please submit a single photo at a time. Do not submit a photo with four photos on the page which would make the images way to small for our purposes. Our program automatically sets them up like this for printing purposes.


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Updated as of 04/2021