Click on the photos to "bigify" them.

Below are some examples of desirable and less than desirable head shot/ear tag photos. Optimally, 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. In the case of the scrapie tags, this would be both the flock ID number (starts with the two letter state abbreviation) and the sheep ID number (unique to the sheep).  You'll also have better luck having the ear tag be readable if you focus your camera on the tag rather than the sheep.

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 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.

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.

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.


Updated as of 08/28/2017