Minnesota Scrapie Eradication Program
The Minnesota Scrapie Eradication Program assists sheep and goat producers in identification, control, and eradication of Scrapie from their flock or herd. Nationally recognized as a leader in scrapie eradication, our program is one of the nation's largest and most successful and has served as a model for other states and countries.
The program consists of the following components:
- flock genotyping (or genetic testing) to determine a sheep or goat's susceptibility to Scrapie;
- identification of pre-clinical infected sheep through live-animal testing and slaughter surveillance;
- tracing of infected animals to their flock of origin; and
- providing effective cleanup strategies that allow producers to stay in business, preserve breeding stock, and remain economically viable.
When exposed or infected flocks are found, USDA provides indemnity, Scrapie testing, genotyping, and tracing of exposed animals sold from infected and source flocks.