Monday, Nov. 19, is the deadline for U.S. sheep producers to comply with the initial identification procedures that are part of the new national federal scrapie eradication program. On that date, sheep and goats must be properly identified.

"If they haven't already done so, producers should call their state veterinarian or local APHIS office to be assigned an official ID number and to get free ear tags," said Dr. Diane Sutton, National Scrapie Program Coordinators with APHIS.

Producers can find their local APHIS office by calling toll-free at 1-866-873-2824.

More information is available on the Internet at www.animalagriculture.org/scrapie or at www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/scrapie.htm.

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