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July 2007 Scrapie Canada Update

Each year, Scrapie Canada reviews the Voluntary Scrapie Flock Certification Program’s National Standards. These are the rules and regulations in which the program is directed and administered. This past June, the standards were reviewed once again in a process that includes representatives from industry, government and producers.

Changes are made to the standards based on a number of variables. Firstly, any thoughts, suggestions, or criticisms that have been offered to Scrapie Canada throughout the year (either from producers or industry) are brought to the table. If at all possible, the standards are modified to reflect these suggestions. Secondly, any political actions that have been made throughout the year, and have an impact on the program, are discussed. If necessary, the standards are amended.

A brainstorming session is also ongoing throughout the review. Discussion surrounds such topics as: how to encourage producer uptake; border access; and creating a program that is both sustainable and practical for all involved.

This year, the following changes were made to the program standards.

  1. Originally, for each year on the program, producers must submit one brain sample to be tested for scrapie. This can be an animal that died naturally (must be over one year of age), or if no animals died naturally, a cull must be submitted (must be over two years of age). Changes to the National Standards in June 2007 now allot producers two years before they have to submit a brain sample. If a producer does not have one dead within the first year of the program (Level E), they will be permitted to stay at Level E for a second year. Therefore, they will be at Level E for 24 months. After two years at Level E, producers will have to submit one brain sample/ year from that point forward. The age requirement of the animal remains the same (natural death = over one year old; cull = over two years old). Producers should also note that any animal over one year old that dies on the farm must be tested for scrapie.
  2. Individual identification traceable to flock or herd of origin is required for all small ruminants to be imported.
  3. Any dead submitted for brain testing must be from the participant’s flock, or must have been in the participant’s flock for at least one year.
  4. If a participant quits the program within the first 12 months of their enrollment, the participant will not be permitted to join the program again for three years. If the producer feels they have extenuating circumstances, they are permitted to take their case to the appeal board.
  5. There are no regulations on the length of time a producer must be on the program before they import female sheep or goats from the USA.
  6. There are not any regulations on the length of time a producer must be on the program after they import female sheep or goats from the USA. However, if a producer quits the program, the imported animal(s) will be quarantined for the remainder of the five year period that they were to be on the program. A quarantined animal will not be permitted to move without a license. If a license is obtained and the animal is moved to a new farm, the owner of the new farm will have to complete the quarantine of the animal.
  7. Until the National mandatory identification program for goats is implemented neck chains and collars are acceptable as one form of identification in goats.

Scrapie Canada welcomes all suggestions, concerns and thoughts from Canadian sheep producers. Please send your comments to admin@scrapiecanada.ca or contact the office by calling 1-866-534-1302.

A copy of the 2007 National Standards are available on Scrapie Canada’s website at http://www.scrapiecanada.ca/VSFCPrules-regs.html

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