APHIS Sheep Priorities Outlined
August 8, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's (APHIS) Veterinary Services (VS) has developed five-year business plans to outline the priorities, objectives, strategies and field activities for each of the animal commodity groups in the VS budget line items including sheep. The plans will guide VS' use of congressional appropriations and assist in planning the future needs of each commodity. The overall objective of the sheep health program is to partner with states, tribes, industry, allied federal agencies and other stakeholders to safeguard the health of the U.S. sheep populations, facilitate trade in sheep and their products and identify and address health issues that arise at the human-sheep interface and between wildlife and domestic sheep. The core objectives identified in the plan are:
  1. Eradicate classical scrapie from the United States.
  2. Conduct comprehensive disease surveillance in sheep.
  3. Conduct foreign and emerging disease threat and disaster planning and response.
  4. Conduct zoonotic disease prevention and response.
  5. Support the viability of the sheep industry.
The business plans, which will be reviewed and updated annually, are available at www.aphis.usda.gov/wps/portal/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth?1dmy&urile=wcm%3apath%3a%2Faphis_content_library%2Fsa_our_focus%2Fsa_animal_health%2Fsa_program_overview%2Fct_vsbp. Comments about the plans can be emailed to VS.SPRS.Feedback@aphis.usda.gov by Nov. 1.