The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published a notice in Federal Register on May 3, 2013, of its intent to revise the Scrapie Flock Certification Program (SFCP) following a 30-day comment period. On June 3, the comment period closed. The revised SFCP is now in effect.
As before, the revised SFCP allows sheep and goat producers to increase the marketability of their animals by demonstrating a negligible scrapie risk in their flock. The revised SFCP also enhances APHIS' scrapie surveillance strategy and will be helpful in the final push to eradicate this disease from the United States.
The Complete Monitored category has been eliminated from the SFCP. Flocks currently participating in this category, including Complete Monitored and Certified Flocks, have the option of converting to either the Export category or Select category of the revised SFCP. Complete Monitored and Certified Flock owners who want to convert to the Export or Select categories must inform their Veterinary Services area offices in writing of their intent to convert by Oct. 31. After this date, APHIS will remove flocks from the SFCP when those owners have not given written notice of their intent to remain in the program. The status of these flocks will likewise be removed from the APHIS website.
For more information about the requirements of the revised SFCP, including the requirements for the Export and Select categories and a summary of the comments received, go to www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/animal_diseases/scrapie/free-certi.shtml.