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Sheep and Goat Health

Final Rule to Update Scrapie Program Regulations has been Published

The Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on March 25, 2019. APHIS believes the Final Rule will result in a more effective disease eradication program, with a more flexible approach to disease investigations and affected flock management, and more consistent animal identification and recordkeeping requirements between sheep and goats. Many of the specifics requirements regarding official eartags and official ID methods such as tattoos and implantable electronic ID (microchips) and on how indemnity is calculated have been moved to the Scrapie Program Standards, Volume 1: National Scrapie Eradication Program.



Program Priorities




National Scrapie Eradication Program

The goal of the National Scrapie Eradication Program is to prevent the spread and eventually eliminate scrapie in the United States


Information on Additional Sheep and Goat Diseases

APHIS VS has placed additional restrictions on shipments of ruminant semen and embryos (germplasm) to address the emergence of Schmallenberg virus in Europe


Goat Management and Health Studies

VS’ National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) analyzes and reports on goat health
and management practices to provide a snapshot, national in scope


Sheep Management and Health Studies

VS’ National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) analyzes and reports on sheep health and management practices to provide a snapshot, national in scope.


Zoonotic Diseases of Sheep and Goats

The APHIS Veterinary Services Sheep and Goat Health Program partners with State and local agencies and allied Federal agencies to provide public education on zoonotic disease threats.


Biosecurity for Sheep and Goat Producers

Biosecurity on your farm is a key element to preventing the introduction of disease.

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