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Chance for vet and producer to both get $100 for taking a BSE sample.

Friday, November 17, 2017  
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The APHIS BSE surveillance program was reviewed in 2017 as part of the ongoing effort to find efficiencies and execute updates of our National Disease Programs.  During this review, an area of opportunity was identified in the achievement of an updated representation of the geographic distribution of adult cattle populations in the States. The new sample collection numbers are based in the most current State herd inventories (2016 USDA National Agricultural Service).

 

The U.S. has historically exceeded the minimum threshold to maintain its OIE “negligible risk” status, and our trading partners have become used to our reports at this level. There was a decision made at this time to not disturb the number of samples reported, but to adjust and balance their geographic representation.

 

This sampling plan proposes to: 1) change the distribution of the 25,000 BSE samples collected annually based on the existing distribution of beef and dairy cattle populations by State; while: 2) continuing to target defined BSE high risk subpopulations of cattle.

This change in sample distribution has brought Missouri back into the game.  The proposed plan requires Missouri to submit 394 samples during Fiscal Year (FY) 18, 787 during FY19, and 1,179 during FY20.

 

We need your help in achieving these sample numbers and will compensate you $100 for every valid sample collected and submitted as well as compensate the producer/owner $100 for disposal.

 

I have attached a Veterinary Services Memorandum for your perusal that describes the surveillance program in more detail.

 

If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact Jean Rush at 573-658-9840 or jean.m.rush@aphis.usda.gov to receive further instructions.


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