[Jacob-list] certified scrapie free
beegal7 at yahoo.com
Tue Jul 20 10:24:21 EDT 2010
A woman with Shetlands has a scrapie free flock - she says - and it means she has a CLOSED flock of females. She can sell any sheep and she can bring in rams to breed but cannot add any more females or her date will get reset - she says.
--- On Tue, 7/20/10, Betty Berlenbach <lambfarm at tds.net> wrote:
From: Betty Berlenbach <lambfarm at tds.net>
Subject: [Jacob-list] certified scrapie free
To: jacob-list at jacobsheep.com
Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 10:04 AM
Laura, Cheryl, et al,
If the only way you can tell if a sheep has scrapie
is through examing its brain when it's dead, how can a flock be certified
scrapie free? I'm just curious as to the process. I know that the
mandatory scrapie program simply has people record who got sold to whom and keep
records, in case, when randomly checking for scrapie, they come across a sheep
that has it and can then, track it back. But I'm not entirely sure how the
voluntary program works in such a way that it can certify a flock
scrapie-free? All explanations welcome.
Betty, in Vermont,who now has a blog, thanks
to help from Walter and Linda. See Betty's blog at http://sheepwoman.wordpress.com.
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