[Jacob-list] certified scrapie free
lambfarm at tds.net
Tue Jul 20 11:05:24 EDT 2010
I guess I'm unsure, then, exactly how scrapie is transmitted. Guess I'll have to do some reading! Females can't get it from males? Nor do I understand how having a closed flock means it's scrapie-free, just because it's closed? Obviously, I'm deficient in the scrapie-understanding-department. FRED????
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From: Meg Steensland
To: jacob-list at jacobsheep.com ; Betty Berlenbach
Sent: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 10:24 AM
Subject: Re: [Jacob-list] certified scrapie free
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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