Producer Responsibilities for Scrapie Eradication

The National Scrapie Eradication Program was started in 2000 with the goal of eradicating scrapie in the United States by the year 2010.

The Eradication Program requires cooperation from all sheep and goat producers to achieve this goal. There are a number of responsibilities that producers should be aware of to comply with this program.

In order to monitor the status of the disease and to be able to trace suspect and confirmed cases back to a farm, producers are required to identify their animals with an official scrapie ID.

There are several records that should be kept on each animal that leaves the farm where it was born. These records should be kept for five years after the animal is sold or dies.

Flocks that are identified through surveillance measures to have a scrapie positive or scrapie suspect sheep will be investigated by official representatives of USDA or the state.