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.
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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