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December 2007 Scrapie Canada Update

Scrapie Canada attends Canadian Sheep Federation Annual General Meeting

Scrapie Canada attended the Canadian Sheep Federation’s Annual General Meeting this past November, in Victoria, British Columbia. Taking the opportunity to address a national and international audience, Scrapie Canada presented to Directors, producers and delegates from across the world. Highlighting program partners, achievements and goals, the presentation detailed the past, present and future directions of Scrapie Canada.

The National Genotyping Survey commenced in July 2005, offering producers financial compensation for the collection of genotyping samples from Canadian purebred sheep. Initially the program was to end in November 2006, however, due to low producer uptake; the project was extended until March 31, 2008. As the end of the survey draws near, the project will focus on calculating results and presenting new genotyping data on purebred sheep across Canada. It is important to remember that the results will only apply to the animals that were tested on this project, and therefore will not be a true representation of the national flock. Valuable information will be shed however. Results will offer new information to the growing body of work on Canadian purebred sheep genetics.

The Voluntary Scrapie Flock Certification Program is about mid-way through its run. Developed as a pilot project to establish estimates on program time and costs, the official length of the pilot project was five years (2005- 2010). The pilot project offers Canadian sheep and goat producers an opportunity to join the flock certification program, filling a subsidized position without being subjected to an annual enrollment fee. To date, all of the subsidized positions offered to goat producers have been filled, but there are still 29 subsidized spots available for sheep producers. Scrapie Canada is continuing to promote the program to sheep and goat producers across the country, encouraging anyone interested in joining to contact Scrapie Canada for further information.

Discussion of future ventures for Scrapie Canada revolved around working with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to a) develop a long-term, permanent national scrapie program and b) gaining long-term funding to do this. To accomplish these tasks, Scrapie Canada is working with a team of industry, government and producer representatives.

For both projects, updates are posted on the Scrapie Canada website at (http://www.scrapiecanada.ca/whatsnew.html), and any information can be obtained by contacting the office (1-866-534-1302 or admin@scrapiecanada.ca).

Information on Scrapie Canada’s programs can be made available by contacting Courtney Denard at 1-866-534-1302 or by e-mail at admin@scrapiecanada.ca.

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