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2010 Oklahoma Scrapie Genotyping Program

Posted by arthur1234 on May 3, 2010

Attention Oklahoma Sheep Producers:

Interest in previous years’ state-wide scrapie genotyping program has prompted the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry and the United States Department of Agriculture to offer genotyping to Oklahoma flocks for a fifth time. As you know, scrapie is a degenerative disease of sheep similar to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) of cattle. This disease is fatal to infected sheep and economically detrimental to flocks. Because of the movement of animals between flocks, there is potential for exposure to infected animals. Scrapie genotyping is a DNA test that identifies the genes that control susceptiblity or resistance to this disease. Genetically susceptible animals can further be tested for infection.

This surveillance program would accomplish two very important objectives:

• Increase scrapie surveillance in high risk populations of sheep in Oklahoma.
• Help producers identify the genetic makeup of their flocks, increase the selection of genetically resistant breeding animals in those flocks, and consequently help reduce the prevalence of scrapie.

As the number one club lamb producer in the United States, Oklahoma understands how important it is to
protect the sheep industry as a valued asset to our state’s economy. We encourage you to take advantage of
this free service. If you are interested in participating and wish to be considered for the 2010 Oklahoma Scrapie Genotyping Program, please request an application from:

Animal Industry Services
Attn: Dr. Justin Roach
PO Box 528804
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-8804

All aplications must be returned to the above address by May 21, 2010. Please call me at (405) 522-8396 or email me at justin.roach@oda.state.ok.us if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Justin Roach, DVM
Staff Veterinarian
Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry

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