Sept. 10, 2015 -- Proposed Rule -- Scrapie in Sheep and Goats

SUMMARY: We are proposing to amend the scrapie regulations by changing the risk groups and categories established for individual animals and for flocks, increasing the use of genetic testing as a means of assigning risk levels to animals, reducing movement restrictions for animals found to be genetically less susceptible or resistant to scrapie, and simplifying, reducing, or removing certain recordkeeping requirements. We also propose to provide designated scrapie epidemiologists with more alternatives and flexibility when testing animals in order to determine flock designations under the regulations. We propose to change the definition of high-risk animal, which will change the types of animals eligible for indemnity, and to pay higher indemnity for certain pregnant ewes and early maturing ewes. The proposed changes would also make the identification and recordkeeping requirements for goat owners consistent with those for sheep owners. These changes would affect sheep and goat producers, persons who handle sheep and goats in interstate commerce, and State governments.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before November 9, 2015.

ACCESS: Click here to read the Proposed Rule.

In a cooperative effort between ASI and APHIS a presentation about the Scrapie Eradication Program has been developed for producers.

In a cooperative effort between ASI and APHIS a quarterly newsletter about the Scrapie Eradication Program has been developed for State and Federal partners. This publication updates field staff with information ASI has published throughout that quarter.

Informational Brochures:
Scrapie Eradication Is In Sight, You Are the Key to Finding the LAST CASES!
Eradicating Scrapie from the U.S. Flock ~ Regulatory Scrapie Slaughter Surveillance Program
Scrapie from A to Z ~ Youth Brochure

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services portion of the USDA Web site contains the latest information on scrapie. In order to find the remaining scrapie infected sheep and goats and to demonstrate to the world that the U.S. is scrapie free, we need more sample submissions from mature sheep and goats that die on farm. The only diagnostic tests currently available to determine if a sheep or goat has scrapie require brain or lymphoid tissue. To access the USDA/APHIS/VS Scrapie web site, click here .

The National Institute for Animal Agriculture also spearheaded a Scrapie Education Initiative . Review documents for the sheep and the goat industries.