In 2001 the USDA initiated a campaign to eradicate scrapie from the nation’s sheep flocks and goat herds. Scrapie is a fatal, degenerative disease that affects the nervous systems of sheep and goats. It is one of several transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), which are related to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or “mad cow disease”) and chronic wasting disease of deer. Scrapie does not appear to be transmissible to humans. By participating in the program we agree to:
- Tag our sheep with ear tags provided by the USDA that identify our farm and individual sheep.
- Report suspect sheep to a State, Federal, or accredited veterinarian.
- Submit heads from sheep over 18 months of age that die for scrapie testing.
We will begin assigning ID numbers to our sheep right away, which will serve as our official livestock inventory number.
For more information visit www.eradicatescrapie.org.