2017 USDA-APHIS Update on Scrapie
GENETIC TESTING FOR SCRAPIE RESISTANCE IS NOW AVAILABLE
The VGL Laboratory at UC Davis has added genetic testing for resistance to scrapie in Goats to their list of available services. This testing and the coding is similar what was developed for sheep and what those producers used to clear scrapie-prone sheep from their flocks.
The current cost for this test is $30.00 per goat. The American Dairy Goat Association will offer discounted prices for this test to their members and in all likelihood, other breed registry association may follow suite.
Scrapie Goat Genetic Test Info
Since there is no cost-effective live test for Scrapie in goats, testing post-mortem is critical in finding and eliminating the disease. According to the USDA VS, The United States is in a position to be declared Scrapie free by the World Health Organization, but in order to achieve that status; we must be able to prove to the world that we have conducted testing in all sheep and goat populations. Cooperation from producers and up-chain processors is essential to eradicating Scrapie.