November 2, 2007
The United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) held its 111th
annual meeting in Reno, Nev., from Oct. 18 through Oct. 24. During the meeting,
many sheep-related topics were covered with action taken on several.
Minor Species/Minor Use drug availability and research, Brucella ovis
diagnostics, national animal health reporting systems, scrapie surveillance and
eradication funding and scrapie diagnostic testing are just some of the topics
that resulted in resolutions for recommended action.
In addition, the
committee on wildlife diseases and the committee on sheep and goats passed a
joint resolution to seek science-based answers to potential bighorn and domestic
The policy, in part, says that "The USAHA Committee on
Wildlife Diseases and the Committee on Sheep and Goats are in the process of
forming a working group, comprised of representatives of state and federal
animal health and wildlife agencies, the American Sheep Industry Association
(ASI) and the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, to develop best
management practices for grazing domestic sheep (and goats) on public lands
where contact between domestic sheep and bighorn sheep may occur.
resolution states, "The USAHA urges the secretaries of the United States
Department of Agriculture and the Department of Interior to seek resources
through the President's budget to fund research to better elucidate the
epidemiology and pathogenesis of bighorn and domestic sheep disease interactions
in order to inform effective management decisions."
According to Jim
Logan, DVM, ASI health committee chairman, "I consider this action by the USAHA
to be a very positive step and look forward to working on this resolution in the
very near future."
USAHA, the nation's animal health forum for over a
century, is a science-based, non-profit, voluntary organization. Its 1,400
members are state and federal animal health officials, national allied
organizations, regional representatives and individual members. USAHA works with
state and federal governments, universities, veterinarians, livestock producers,
national livestock and poultry organizations, research scientists, the extension
service and seven foreign countries to control livestock diseases in the United
States. The association represents all 50 states, seven foreign countries and 18
allied groups serving health, technical and consumer markets. Staff
contact: Paul Rodgers, ext. 65