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.
Biosecurity on your farm is a key element to preventing the introduction of disease.
VS’ National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) analyzes and reports on goat health
and management practices to provide a snapshot, national in scope
APHIS VS has placed additional restrictions on shipments of ruminant semen and embryos (germplasm) to address the emergence of Schmallenberg virus in Europe
The goal of the National Scrapie Eradication Program is to prevent the spread and eventually eliminate scrapie in the United States
VS’ National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) analyzes and reports on sheep health and management practices to provide a snapshot, national in scope.