What's New?

If you have any questions, ideas or additions for the Scrapie program up to now or for the coming future please contact the Scrapie program co—ordinator. The Scrapie committee meets annually or upon any specific requests.

October 2010 Scrapie Canada Update

New Support for Producers Enrolled on the Voluntary Scrapie Flock Certification Program

As part of the new funding from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, producers enrolled on the Voluntary Scrapie Flock Certification Program (VSFCP) will once again receive reimbursements for their contributions to the program.

From now until December 17, 2012, the following support applies:

  • $100 per year towards the cost of the annual veterinarian inventory visit.
  • Brain testing for scrapie at designated laboratories will be paid for by the program (see below for more information).
  • $110 towards the cost of hiring a veterinarian to come to the farm and remove a brain sample meant for scrapie testing.
  • $20 per shipment to send brain samples to designated laboratories. Producers must submit copies of all receipts to Scrapie Canada at 130 Malcolm Road, Guelph, ON, N1K 1B1. Producers who completed their annual inventory or shipped brain samples to a laboratory for testing between April 1st and October 31st, 2010 are permitted to send in their receipts for reimbursement.

As of November 1st, 2010 receipts must be submitted within 30 days of the billing date on the veterinarian invoice or shipping receipt to be eligible for reimbursement.

The Canadian Sheep Federation, who administers the financial aspect of the program, will be responsible for mailing out reimbursement cheques to producers.

New Support for Obex Testing

Producers enrolled on the VSFCP are required to submit a brain sample from all animals over 12 months of age that die on the farm. If no animal dies on the farm within a one year period, producers are required to submit a cull for testing (the cull must be at least 24 months of age).

Support for brain testing is once again available through the VSFCP at the following laboratories until December 17, 2012:

  • The University of Guelph’s Animal Health Laboratory in Guelph, Ontario
  • Prairie Diagnostic Services in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Alberta Agriculture Laboratory in Edmonton, Alberta

Producers will not be required to pay upfront for obex testing; however, they must submit the appropriate sample submission form with their sample in order to avoid being charged the testing fees.

Submitting the sample submission form with the sample will tell the laboratory that the producer is enrolled on the VSFCP and will notify the lab to invoice the program - not the producer. If producers do not submit the sample submission form with their sample, they will be charged the full cost of the testing fees. Sample submission forms are available by contacting Scrapie Canada.

The VSFCP will only pay for testing fees. If producers submit an entire head or carcass to a laboratory there will be sample removal costs, plus disposal costs for the head or carcass. Sample removal and disposal costs will be invoiced to the producer.

Laboratory Requirements for Submitting Samples

Each laboratory has a different requirement for submitting samples. Producers should read this information before submitting their sample.

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Scrapie Information & Facts

CFIA LOCATIONS

CFIA NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS

59 Camelot Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0Y9
PHONE: (613) 225-2342 / 1-800-442-2342
Fax: (613) 228-6601

 

ATLANTIC HEADQUARTERS

1081 Main St, PO Box 6088
Moncton, New Brunswick, E1C 8R2
PHONE: (506) 851-7400
Fax: Fax: (506) 851-2689

 

ONTARIO HEADQUARTERS

174 Stone Rd W
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 4S9
PHONE: (519) 837-9400
Fax: (519) 837-9766

 

QUEBEC HEADQUARTERS

Room 746-C - 2001 University St,
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 3N2
PHONE: (514) 283-8888
Fax: (514) 283-3143

 

WESTERN HEADQUARTERS

Room 654 - 220 4th Ave SE
Calgary, Alberta, T2G 4X3
PHONE: (403) 292-4301
Fax: (403) 292-5707

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Producers should share this information with their veterinarian if they are working with a vet to collect and submit a sample. Or, producers can tell their veterinarian to contact Scrapie Canada for more information.

The University of Guelph’s Animal Health Laboratory in Guelph, Ontario:

  • AHL requires that the obex sample or entire sheep/goat head be shipped to the laboratory in a frozen state.
  • Producers must follow the outlined instructions for packaging and shipping frozen samples to the laboratory for scrapie testing. Packaging and shipping information is available by contacting Scrapie Canada.

Prairie Diagnostic Services in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan:

  • Prairie Diagnostic Services requires that the obex sample or entire sheep/goat head be shipped to the laboratory in a frozen state.
  • Producers must follow the outlined instructions for packaging and shipping frozen sample to the laboratory for scrapie testing. Packaging and shipping information is available by contacting Scrapie Canada.

Alberta Agriculture Laboratory in Edmonton, Alberta:

  • Alberta Agriculture requires that the brain stem and retropharyngeal (submandibular) lymph node (RPLN) be shipped to the laboratory in a frozen state. If the RPLN is not available then the tonsils should be included.
  • Producers must follow the outlined instructions for packaging and shipping frozen samples to the laboratory for scrapie testing. Packaging and shipping information is available by contacting Scrapie Canada.

Funding for the Voluntary Scrapie Flock Certification Program is provided through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) AgriFlexibility program. Opinions expressed in this document are those of the Canadian Sheep Federation and not necessarily those of AAFC.

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