DENVER – The American Sheep Industry Association is cooperating with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to help sheep producers, who are interested, have their rams genotyped for scrapie susceptibility/resistance.
Producers in states that do not have state-APHIS cooperative ram genotyping programs have until Sept. 15, or when the funds are exhausted (whichever comes first), to test up to 10 of their rams and be eligible for a cost-share reimbursement.
Eligibility. States that are eligible to participate in the cooperative program include: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Vermont.
Producers in states not listed above should contact their state veterinarian regarding participation in their state-APHIS program.
Easy participation. Participation in the program is easy.
Producers will need to have an accredited veterinarian collect blood samples from their rams.
The veterinarian will then send the samples to an APHIS-approved laboratory along with a properly completed APHIS VS Form 5-29.
Producers can choose to have their samples sent to any APHIS-approved lab. A list of approved labs is online at www.sheepusa.org or by calling 303-771-3500.
Forms. An original form (not a photocopy) must be completely and accurately filled-out to receive a reimbursement.
Original forms are issued to accredited veterinarians by APHIS and have several colored carbon pages and a unique serial number in the upper-right corner. This form must be signed by your veterinarian.
Send just one of the carbon copies of the APHIS VS Form 5-29 to American Sheep Industry Association (9785 Maroon Circle, Suite 360; Englewood, CO 80112) with a note requesting a cost-share return.
The association will, in turn, send a check for $12 per ram tested to the producer to help offset the cost of the test.
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