First and foremost, Ontario Goat’s
thoughts are with the goat producer and family at this
difficult time. Ontario Goat would like to commend
the producer for cooperating with CFIA throughout this
ordeal. Due to personal rights of privacy, the name and
location of the producer cannot be released.
At this time the CFIA continues their
investigation, including tracing the animal movement
involving the infected farm location. The investigation
continues to be hampered by the lack of animal
identification and record keeping. It is important to the
overall security of the national herd, that the source of
infection be located as soon as possible so that the
industry can move towards recovery and re-building. Ontario
Goat encourages all producers to fully cooperate with the
CFIA during the investigation process.
Scrapie is fatal to sheep and goats.
Regrettably, there is currently no treatment or vaccine for
the disease. The Canadian small ruminant industry remains
dedicated to the eradication of scrapie in Canada.
Together, the Canadian National Goat Federation (CNGF)
and the Canadian Sheep Federation, along with their
provincial counterparts like Ontario Goat, have
collaboratively worked hard on scrapie eradication policy
and programs. In addition, CNGF and Ontario Goat
collaborated on the development of the National Biosecurity
Standard for Canadian Goat Farms. Together, these programs
and tools help goat producers to reduce the economic impact
of disease on the herd.
Moving forward, Ontario Goat will
continue to support and provide assistance where ever
possible to the goat producer. Ontario Goat will also
continue to work for the best interests of the Ontario goat
industry by facilitating communications, lobbying for new
research, testing methods and compensation where possible.
Scrapie is listed as a reportable disease with the CFIA and
therefore, producers and veterinarians alike are required to
report suspected cases for further testing.
Positive cases of scrapie not only lead
to the destruction of carefully crafted breeding programs
and impact the livelihood of hard working farm families,
they continue to pose a considerable threat to the health of
the national sheep flock and goat herd. Positive cases of
scrapie can span the provinces and affect a large number of
producers and animals. In the absence of any form of
disease treatment, scrapie needs to be controlled to protect
the remainder of the domestic population. Scrapie
investigations truly are regrettable scenarios but it is
important that producers become aware of the symptoms of
scrapie in the goat herd, the importance of testing, and the
responsibility of reporting.
As more information becomes available, Ontario Goat will share with
In the absence of
adopting specific measures to minimize the risk of scrapie
on their farm, goat producers are encouraged to implement
general good management and biosecurity practices such as:
prompt isolation of sick animals;
separation of females giving birth;
increased cleanliness of birthing
disinfection of equipment between
single use needles for injections.
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