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Tryggvason Farm is now part of the USDA National Scrapie Eradication Program

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.


A Lamb on the Farm

Cotton is just two weeks old and seems to have doubled her weight since birth. We obtained her mother, Ash, from another farmer, who must have had a more hands-off approach to his herd because both she and Sweetgum (who came from the same farm) are skittish and won’t allow themselves to be touched.

Cotton doesn’t look like she’ll take after her momma.  She comes up to us freely, even eagerly at times. She tries to play with the dogs and shows no fear or distrust of humans. And why should she? We shower her with plenty of love.