Scrapie tests by SAC will be honoured

Sheep tested for scrapie by SAC will no longer have to be re-tested by another lab before leaving the country.

DEFRA has agreed results of scrapie genotyping tests carried out by the SAC can be used for breeding sheep bound for export within the UK.

Although the National Scrapie Plan was withdrawn in 2008, the correct scrapie status is important to many flock owners, including the 3000 British members of SAC’s Premium Sheep and Goat Health Scheme, says SAC.

Most of these breeders are members of the Maedi Visna (MV) Accreditation Scheme, while some are members of the Enzootic Abortion of Ewes Accreditation scheme.

Both these schemes involve blood testing, and with this latest development it is expected breeders will seize the opportunity to ask vets to also test for scrapie genotype.