Sheep Working Group Update. June 2006. August 2006. Species Working Group (SWG). Formed as a result of 2004 USAHA meeting Charge: To provide species-specific input into USAIP/NAIS Broad industry-wide representation Actively considering your grassroots realities and representing YOU!
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These are ID programs and They provide flock of origin data on the tag.
They are NOT perfect sheep or goat movement tracking systems but they are valuable.
These programs provide much more useful trace back data than exists for cattle not located in brand states and not monitored via private ID systems.
Unique individual number
(green indicates proposed NAIS changes)
change of ownership,
multiple owners commingling their animals
Continue with current scrapie numbering system - on all tags for sheep and goats inclusive of RFID tags. Numbering changes when NAIS becomes mandatory.
Number generated & reported by producer
Challenges…. of EID methods and tracking for the sheep industry.The Real Challenges
as sheep are not small cows!
Do we need a transition plan from NSEP to NAIS?
Assumption – electronic ID & tracking will become cheap and functional (cell phone based)
Answer - Scrapie eradication will benefit from individual tracking of breeding ewes. Industry will need a functional marriage of electronic devices with farm useful ID.
When necessary it shouldn’t be painful to change from scrapie flock ID number to NAIS PIN.
Continue with the scrapie numbering system - on all tags for sheep and goats inclusive of RFID tags.
Where oh where has my little lamb gone…… of EID methods and tracking for the sheep industry.
Thanks to the Sheep Working Group!