Animal Health Resources

Scrapie is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) affecting sheep and goats. Surveillance for scrapie is conducted by USDA through the National Scrapie Eradication Program (NSEP). Learn more about how you can help eradicate scrapie from the U.S.

Biosecurity is an important step for all sheep operations, regardless of size, to help keep animals and people from being exposed to disease-causing organisms. Producers are encouraged to develop a custom biosecurity plan that addresses their specific site needs.

The Secure Sheep and Wool Supply (SSWS) Plan for Continuity of Business provides opportunities for producers to voluntarily prepare before a Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak. This will better position premises with sheep that have no evidence of infection to maintain business continuity during an FMD outbreak.

The American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control also known as, offers information and resources on methods for the management of internal parasites.

The National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) national studies focus on sheep health, management and productivity of U.S. sheep populations. Sheep and Lamb Death Loss Studies are also available.

Visit the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) links below for information on importing and exporting live sheep and sheep products.