I learned today that the USDA and State (Alabama) are requiring blood tests
for Brucellosis on breeding rams >6months old transported across state
lines, and Alabama has been designated as Brucellosis free for several
years!!!!

John Carlton
Double J Farms

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From: Blackbelly [mailto:blackbelly-boun...@lists.blackbellysheep.info] On
Behalf Of Carol Elkins
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2015 4:40 PM
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blackbelly@lists.blackbellysheep.info
Subject: [Blackbelly] Importing sheep into Canada just got a lot harder

Note in the announcement below from the ASI that Canada is requiring a codon
171RR for imported rams. That is going to make it MUCH more difficult to get
blackbelly sheep established in Canada. Combined with the requirement that
the flock of export must be certified scrapie-free, it pretty much puts the
nail in the coffin.

Carol
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Canada Changes Small Ruminant Import Policy

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced that the import policy for
small ruminants intended for breeding purposes will change effective Feb. 1,
2016.

Among other revisions, the policy will require that:
    * Imported females must originate from a farm that is considered a
"negligible risk premises."
    * Imported males must meet one of the following criteria to be eligible
for import from the United States:
        * Must originate from a "negligible risk premises," or
        * Rams must be of the codon 136AA 171RR or 136AA 171QQR genotype, or
        * May be imported from any premises in the United States provided
they are imported onto a farm that has been enrolled in the Voluntary
Scrapie Flock Certification Program for a minimum of one year. Under this
option, there are additional post-import restrictions placed on imported
animals including how they are kept and where they can move.
The policy describes what constitutes a "negligible risk premises" in
detail. In essence, U.S. farms enrolled in the Scrapie Flock Certification
Program Export Monitored stream for a minimum of five years (even if they
have not yet reached Export Certified status) constitute negligible risk
premises. In addition to scrapie-related restrictions, some disease testing
may be required depending on the species and state of origin.

The full announcement is available on ASI's website at
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3BEEoNEBpGfN5sRARNnJaoXoo_BR2t8LZUoowbfkneQuRe60OF4hyyacAun_52cBWioKjTDCTecu
TMdI7Z_0CfKNQsw60uKzOfNN7gMRXSVBZq6sTrGZoi_pP-ukn089MKkrd4ZNvmsOOXtZrF_MIgrx
3wDRVcvcwQPhxlSEFzkavxVRTkW-Xo1wSHdbPY8=&c=mMjhSKz9l39zzNPJtsmc5Bpgk-hrkTTK4
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SDbGg==>www.sheepusa.org/ResearchEducation_Literature_ExportInformation. 


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