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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