Scrapie Information

Scrapie is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) affecting sheep and goats.

The presence of classical scrapie in the U.S. sheep and goat population affects the industry economically through production losses, lost exports, and increased production and disposal costs. Public health concerns related to the transmission of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) to humans have resulted in efforts to eradicate all TSEs in food-producing animals.

Surveillance for scrapie in the U.S. is conducted through the National Scrapie Eradication Program (NSEP), a cooperative State-Federal-industry program.

Regulations

Visit the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) National Scrapie Eradication Program (NSEP) Page for the latest information on scrapie.

Scrapie Free Flock Certification Program (SFCP) Standards

The SFCP provides producers the opportunity to increase the marketability of their animals through demonstrating scrapie freedom in their flock or herd. Visit the UDSA links below for information.

Help Eradicate Scrapie

  • Educate yourself on the clinical signs of scrapie.
  • Contact your State Veterinarian or the USDA Veterinary Services Office for your state if your sheep or goat, older than 12 months, exhibits clinical signs of scrapie. Testing clinical suspects is the most cost effective way to find scrapie infected animals.
  • Submit samples or whole heads from sheep and goats over 18 months of age that die or are euthanized on your premises.
  • Identify your sheep/goats before they the leave your farm.

Official Sheep Identification Information

For information on ordering official sheep tags click here.

To request official sheep tags, a flock or premises ID or both, call 1-866-USDA-Tag (866-873-2824).

Sheep & Goat Official ID Basics Flow Chart (pdf)

Brochures

Time to Eradicate (pdf)
Scrapie Youth (pdf)
Scrapie Eradication Program (pdf)

Scrapie: Eradicate It Quarterly Newsletter

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