Department of Agriculture - Scrapie - Identification.


Published: 2005-01-10

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(A) Animals shipped into or out of Ohio shall be identified by one of the following means:

(1) Electronic implants:

(a) Which are approved for use in animals participating in a scrapie flock certification program (SFCP) and when accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection or owner statement that includes the implant numbers and name of the chip manufacturer; or

(b) Which are used in animals registered with a national registry association and the implant number is recorded by the registry on the registration certificate accompanying the animal; and

(c) The animal is accompanied by an implant reader which can read the implant in the animal.

(2) Official ear tags which are:

(a) Approved for use in animals participating in a scrapie flock certification program; or

(b) Approved by USDA, APHIS for use in the scrapie eradication program; or

(3) United States department of agriculture backtags, when used on animals moving directly to slaughter;

(4) Tattoos that have been:

(a) Approved for use in animals participating in a scrapie flock certification program; or

(b) Approved by USDA, APHIS for use in the scrapie eradication program; or

(c) Recorded in the record book of an animal registry association when the animal is accompanied by either a certificate of registration from the association or an owner/custodian statement.

(B) Upon change of ownership, an animal shall be identified by one of the means listed in paragraphs (A)(1) to (A)(4) of this rule unless:

(1) The animal is a sheep less than eighteen months old moving in a slaughter channel;

(2) The animal is a goat of any age moving in a slaughter channel.