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APHIS Issues Final Rule on Scrapie in Sheep and Goats

Friday, March 22, 2019

(North American Meat Institute)

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a final rule amending the scrapie regulations for sheep and goats by changing the risk groups and categories established for individual animals and for flocks. The final rule increases the use of genetic testing as a means of assigning risk levels to animals; reduces movement restrictions for animals found to be genetically less susceptible or resistant to scrapie; and simplifies, reduces or removes certain recordkeeping requirements. The final rule also provides designated scrapie epidemiologists with more alternatives and flexibility when testing animals in order to determine flock designations under the regulations. Besides revising the definition of a “high-risk animal,” which will change the types of animals eligible for indemnity, the final rule makes the identification and recordkeeping requirements for goat owners consistent with those for sheep owners. The final rule becomes effective April 24, 2019.

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