Notice on the last photo in the series above, 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.
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
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.
Below are some less than desirable 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.
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.
We receive many questions about the
height photos required for the open
registry applications. 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
writing on the tag.