The ConvertToEID module is now ready for testing against live sheep. During the transition we need to look up a sheep based on existing federal or farm tag data. After an evaluation of the available ear we will decide whether to add a third tag, the new EID tag, or remove the farm tag and replace it with an EID tag. The ConvertToEID module is a task in the program that provides a screen to look up a sheep, allows you to add and remove federal and farm tags and scan and add EID tags. We are ready to test it by installing EID tags into all of our breeding rams, hopefully this week.
In other news the Shearwell SET tags are now officially approved as US scrapie ID as I reported earlier. That’s the good news. The bad news is that with the government shutdown we cannot yet get into the system to order any tags. However, as soon as that is resolved I will be ordering pairs of SET tags for our sheep and starting with the 2014 lambing all newborn lambs will get their EID at birth.