Goat Resources

Goat ID and Exhibition, Roberta White, OH AIC - This document explains what type of ID goats must have for exhibition.

Scrapie and Scrapie Tag Information

Information from USDA-APHIS and ODA about scrapie ID requirements and restrictions for 4-H exhibitors is below. Sheep and goats with blue slaughter-only/meat tags cannot be used for exhibition, companion/“lawnmower,” or breeding purposes. Please also consult local and state exhibition rules for additional/alternative terms and conditions relating to ID requirements.

There's been a change in the mandatory scrapie eradication program. As of October 1, 2017, USDA APHIS is no longer providing plastic ear tags and applicators for official scrapie ID. Due to budget cuts, USDA will only be able to provide metal tags. However, USDA APHIS Veterinary Services, Pickerington, Ohio, DOES have free plastic tags still available until they run out. The tags are serial numbered without a herd/flock ID printed on the tag, but will be linked to individual's flock IDs. Ohio producers and individuals may request thee tags by completing an Ohio Scrapie Tag Order Form found in a link below. Producers may request free metal tags by calling 866-USDA-TAG. Otherwise they should purchase their own official ear tags/devices from approved tag companies.

Ohio State Fair Goat Information
Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) Important Information

On January 1, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new regulations addressing on-farm antibiotic use in food-animal production must be implemented. The agency’s effort is aimed at eliminating the use of medically important (to human illness) antibiotics for growth promotion purposes in food-animal production and bringing therapeutic use in feed and water – to treat, control or prevent spe­cific disease – under additional veterinary oversight. Producers, veterinarians, feed mills and suppliers will all face new requirements. This affects everyone (including 4-H members as youth producers) keeping, owning, and/or raising food-producing animals. 

Please be aware that anything you may hear about the possibility of 4-H advisors being able to get a VFD for all of their club members is not accurate. Ohio 4-H members (parents/guardians) are the owners/caretakers of their livestock projects and will need to obtain any VFD they might need to properly care for their food-producing animals. To write a VFD, veterinarians must personally see the 4-H members’ animals, become acquainted with their care, and have done so recently enough (within the last six months) that they can make medical judgements. Veterinarians should not write a VFD for an entire club.

It is very important that 4-H members and their families establish a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) prior to January 1, 2017. Click on the link below to download the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) Fact Sheet for 4-H Youth Livestock Producers and Families, important to read and understand when taking Ohio 4-H food-producing animal projects, even if they are not intended for food production.

Ohio Dairy Goat Association Information
Project and Record Keeping

Goat Resource Handbook
Goat Learning Laboratory Kit