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Genetics: Goats and Sheep

Livestock Minimum Requirements Certifications Lifetime Limit
Goats and/or Sheep - 50 Head Not applicable Not applicable
$2,000 Maximum Reimbursement
Standard 35% Cost Share   |   Master 50% Cost Share
Head of livestock = maximum number of single type, regardless of sex or age, at one time during the last 12 months.
Goats/Sheep can be combined to meet minimum number requirement.

Eligible Items - Goats

1. Bucks (registered) - $350 maximum per buck
     • Fullblood
     • Purebred

2. AI
     • Semen from eligible bucks
     • New semen tanks, supplies, and equipment
     • AI fees

3. BSE — by Tennessee licensed veterinarian

4. Pregnancy exam — by Tennessee licensed veterinarian

 

Eligible Items - Sheep

1.  Rams (registered) - $350 maximum per ram
     • RR results for the Scrapie Codon 171 Genotype test
     • NN results for the Spider Syndrome Genotype test

2. AI
     • Semen from eligible rams
     • New semen tanks, supplies, and equipment
     • AI fees

3. BSE — by Tennessee licensed veterinarian

4. Pregnancy exam — by Tennessee licensed veterinarian

Requirements - Bucks and Rams

1. Physical Examination or BSE - must be completed within 90 days of purchase or reimbursement by a licensed veterinarian

2. Official Identification - breed registry tattoo, microchip, or scrapie tag

3. Pedigree
    • Bucks – registered Fullblood or Purebred
    • Rams – registered

4. Genotype test results – rams must be clean for Scrapie and Spider genes

Email livestock.genetics@tn.gov for additional information.