Announcement: Due Date Extended to November 18, 2013
Because of the government shutdown, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has extended the due date for Scrapie Flock Certification Program (SFCP) participants with Complete Monitored or Certified flocks to notify Veterinary Services (VS) of their intent to remain in the SFCP and in which category. The new due date for making an election is Monday, November 18, 2013. Please note that SFCP participants with Complete Monitored or Certified flocks who do not inform VS of their intent to remain in the program by November 18, 2013, will be removed from the program.
VS recognizes the efforts that sheep and goat producers undertake to help eradicate this disease in the United States, and we appreciate your contributions.
VS State and Territory Points of Contact are available at the following web site.
The Revised SFCP, June 2013
On May 3, 2013, APHIS published a Notice in the Federal Register informing the public of revisions under consideration for the Scrapie Free Flock Certification Program (SFCP), and seeking comments on the planned revisions. The comment period ended June 3, 2013, and the revised SFCP has gone into effect.
The revised SFCP still provides sheep and goat producers the opportunity to increase the marketability of their animals through demonstrating a negligible scrapie risk in their flock or herd. The revised program additionally enhances APHIS' scrapie surveillance strategy, contributing to the final push to eradicate this disease from the United States
In the revised program, the Complete Monitored category has been eliminated from the SFCP. Flocks currently participating in this category, including Complete Monitored and Certified flocks, have the option of converting to either the Export category or the Select category of the revised SFCP. Flock owners deciding to remain in the program and convert to the Export category or the Select category need to inform their VS Area Office, in writing, of their intent to do so by October 31, 2013; after that date flocks that have not informed APHIS of their intention to remain in the SFCP and in what category will be removed from the program and the flock status will no longer appear on the APHIS website Contact information for the VS Area Offices is available by either following the "Find a Local VS Area Office" link or calling 1-866-873-2824.
The SFCP standards have been revised to reflect the new structure and requirements of the program. The SFCP standards, a presentation outlining the revised SFCP, and a summary of the comments APHIS received regarding the revised SFCP are available.
Additional Information About the Scrapie Flock Certification Program
Last Modified: October 30, 2013