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).
Biosecurity for Sheep Farms
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.
Secure Sheep and Wool Supply Plan
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.
Parasites can be a major limiting factor to sheep production. The American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control also known as wormx.info, offers information and resources on methods for the management of internal parasites.
Importing and Exporting Live Sheep and Germplasm
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) oversees the importing and exporting live sheep and germplasm.
NAHMS Sheep Studies
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 also available.