The Animal Health Section of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets works closely with USDA to monitor for the presence of Scrapie in Vermont's sheep and goat flocks. As a result of this collaboration, Vermont has achieved Consistent status, which means that Vermont's intrastate identification, reporting, and movement restrictions for infected and source flocks and high-risk animals are consistent with the USDA's standards for State Scrapie programs.
In order to maintain this status, Vermont's state and federal animal health officials must ensure that sheep and goats are appropriately identified. Specifically, any person who presents a sheep or goat at an exhibition, show or fair must provide for the animal official Scrapie identification to its flock of birth. Additionally, any person who transfers ownership of a sheep or goat within Vermont must adhere to the same identification requirement. New with Act 30, passed by the Vermont legislature and signed into law in July of 2017, all sheep regardless of age, and all goats, must be officially identified. This is a change from past regulation that exempted certain goups from needing official identification. For more information on sheep and goat identification requirements, click the link on Act 30 above and visit our Animal Movement page.
For information about USDA's updated Scrapie tag availability, click here.
For more about Scrapie or to obtain instructions for how to enroll in the national Scrapie Flock Certification Program, click here.
Review the full text of Vermont's rule pertaining to Scrapie Disease control.
To review other importation requirements for sheep and goats, refer to sheep and goat section of Vermont's importation rules.
If you have additional questions regarding Scrapie Disease, contact the Animal Health Office.