The U.S. Targhee Sheep Association was developed from animals released by the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, Idaho. The offspring are examined by owners or official inspectors to meet Targhee Standards. The Association Secretary prepares registration certificates after owners inspect their animals and complete the appropriate application forms. Approved animals are tagged (with Association ear tags) and tattooed.
Approved animals are tattooed with the Association ear tag number. At the discretion of the owner, an Association ear tag may also be inserted. When Association ear tags are not inserted, they are to be kept with registration certificates. Should a registered sheep having not been tagged with an Association ear tag be sold, the tag shall be given to the new owner at the time of sale. The new owner may then insert the Association tag if they so desire. Association ear tags are also available at no cost to breeders through the Association Secretary.