July 13, 2007
July 13, 2007 - Effective July 15, a new rule requiring the identification of sheep and goats when the animals are moved from the farm for sale or exhibition will be in effect in Vermont.
?This rule is in response to the USDA?s request for states to comply with requirements for the USDA?s Accelerated Scrapie Identification Program,? said Vermont state veterinarian, Kerry Rood, DVM. ?This action allows Vermont to retain its consistent status in the National Scrapie Eradication Program. Failure to do so would affect the ability of Vermont sheep and goat producers to market their animals.?
The identification makes it possible to trace an animal to the farm where it was born, in case scrapie infection is detected later in the animal. Identification, along with accurate record keeping are key elements of the national program to eradicate scrapie. Reprinted in part from the Barre Monteplier Times Staff contact: Paul Rodgers