4-H and FFA
members showing in lamb and goat projects, the Scrapie identification program
affects you and the lambs or goats you show!
What is Scrapie?
Scrapie is a fatal, degenerative
disease affecting the central nervous system of sheep and goats.
There is no cure and there is no treatment. Go to the web page for
more details. http://www.animalagriculture.org/scrapie/Scrapie.htm
What you need to
If you buy a show lamb or goat,
regardless of age or gender, be sure it has an official USDA Scrapie
identification tag in its ear when you buy it! If there is not
a Scrapie ID tag in the ear, insist that the producer get one.
If you raise your lamb or goat, be
sure to get Scrapie id tags from USDA. Call 1-866-USDA-TAG and
register for the Scrapie Eradication program. USDA supplies the tags
and one applicator for free.