are some examples of acceptable and not acceptable head
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
The two photos above are examples of the
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
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
examples of photos that
are not acceptable head shot / ear
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
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