In an effort to improve its surveillance programs for scrapie in sheep and goats, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) is implementing three different surveillance programs in the province:
Producers in Alberta are given the option to submit sheep or goat heads for sample collection to any of the ARD labs (Airdrie, Edmonton or Lethbridge).
Alberta producers who are not part of the VSFCP, but who want their animals (sheep or goats) tested for scrapie, have the option to bring in heads (not the carcass) to any of the ARD labs at no cost to the producer. In the case of a trophy head, the producer must book an appointment in advance.
Along with diversifying scrapie surveillance in Alberta, sampling numbers will significantly increase, supporting national scrapie surveillance and expanding the existing knowledge about the prevalence of this disease.
These initiatives will facilitate control and eradication programs; having the added benefit of enhancing scrapie surveillance credibility that will facilitate international market access for Canada’s small ruminant industry.
For more information about scrapie surveillance in Alberta, please address your questions to the ARD Programs Section at 6909-116 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T6H 4P2 or by phone at (780)-644-2148.