The monthly report for the National Scrapie Eradication Program (NSEP) - March 2013 - has been posted to www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/animal_diseases/scrapie/downloads/monthly_scrapie_rpt.pdf.
Published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the report reviews the current progress of scrapie eradication in the United States. March highlights include:
Also announced this week, the NSEP has determined that radio frequency identification device (RFID) implants that do not conform to International Organization for Standardization standards may continue to be used in goats for official identification until March 11, 2014.
For further information about this decision, and for RFID requirements that come into force after March 11, 2015, review the "Addendum to the Goat Identification, Visual and Electronic Power Point Regarding Electronic Implantable Devices" available at http://eradicatescrapie.org/Educational%20Resources/ID%20Requirements%20for%20Sheep%20&%20Goats.html.