April 6, 2007
April 6, 2007 - The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) was notified this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that the government of Canada is finally lifting its bluetongue testing requirements for feeder sheep being imported into Canada effective immediately.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced its intention to lift the requirements (as was previously lifted for feeder cattle) several months ago, but the actual regulation has not been published.
"With the vector season beginning, this change is very timely and important," stated Jim Logan, DVM, chair of ASI's animal health committee. "ASI has been urging this modernization of trade protocols for some time, and we are pleased to see progress."
According to USDA/APHIS sources, the actual regulation will be published by CFIA in the near future.
ASI is not aware of any changes in the status of the breeding sheep trade protocols between the two countries. Staff contact: Paul Rodgers, 303-771-3500