Someone from NYS Ag and Markets. Apparently when i had my blood testing done at Cornell, it alerted the powers that be that i had goats. :GAAH: She was very nice. At first i thought it was about that national animal id thing. (which i thought had gotten kicked to the curb) Instead, it was just noting how many animals i had, and i have to either tag or tattoo them for scrapies. I said it was odd, it wasn't mentioned on the goat board (that i saw anyway) and she said it was new - within the past month - that they are tracking people down just in case of a disease outbreak. I also mentioned (snidely) that i'm sure NYS is making money off the tagging, and she said no, it is a free service. (although when NY had ANYTHING for free is beyond my recollection) So, has anyone else experienced this? Since i don't want to tag them, i guess i will have to get the tattoo set sooner than planned. (like after the babies were born) Any thoughts on the best (and still affordable) set? I have a 3 letter prefix from the NDGA - do i need to register my farm name and tattoo prefix thru any other groups? I thought the tattoo set came with 5 spaces, so does that mean i only have 2 for individual numbers? She also noted that i had chickens, so if there is outbreak of avian influenza, i will be getting a visit then too, and my flock would be quarantined and tested. I practice strict biosecurity with the chickens anyway. No one who has birds enters my barn. They can stand outside the fence and look at them. For that matter, I don't let too many people in my barn anyway. As a side question, is there stuff that can be transmitted from sheep to goats? My daughter has a new friend with a flock of sheep, and if she is going there and then coming back here, i will sanitize her shoes. Gosh i HATE this. I would rather fly under the radar. It's not like i'm out there selling stuff to the vast public, (well, eggs, i hope i don't need a permit for that now too - if that is the case, i will get rid of most of them and keep a few for friend/family use) She didn't say anything, and my egg sign was out by the road, so maybe that is ok.