Update of States Eligible for Genotyping Program
April 15, 2005
As published in the April 1, 2005, ASI Weekly, the American Sheep Industry Association in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is sponsoring a program to provide financial assistance to sheep producers interested in genotyping rams for scrapie susceptibility/resistance.
The program will begin on May 1, 2005, and continue through Sept. 15, 2005, or until the funds are exhausted (whichever comes first). Producers will have the opportunity for a cost-share reimbursement on the testing of up to 10 rams.
The program is designed to assist producers who reside in one of the 27 states that do not already have a State-APHIS cooperative ram genotyping program in place. Producers eligible to apply for assistance must reside in one of the following states: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia or Vermont.
A list of the approved labs is available from the home page on the ASI Web site, www.sheepusa.org, and will be included in the May issue of the Sheep Industry News.
Staff contact: Paul Rodgers, 303-771-3500