Scrapie - Advisory Notes for Farmers (PB9446)

NSP semen archive

The Semen Archive is being established to store semen from rams of those genotypes that over time will be removed through Ram Genotyping Schemes. This archive should enable the re-establishment of viable populations of these sheep in the future if it is thought necessary. It will also help to protect against the possible loss of beneficial breed characteristics such as hardiness.

Operations will be overseen by a joint Industry-Government Management Board, who will approve the nomination of rams, which must be via breed societies. If you wish to find out more about the Semen Archive please contact your breed society, or the National Scrapie Plan Administration Centre (see below for contact details). The Semen Archive Management Board Secretariat can also provide information:

Tel: 01684 892661

For more information on the NSP, or genotyping, please contact: NSP Helpline: 0845 601 4858 (calls charged at local rate)

Or write to:

National Scrapie Plan Administration Centren Defra
Whittington Road
Web pages:

A three year research project has been commissioned to see if there may be associations between scrapie genotyping and performance, survival and health characteristics.

For more information about the project, or to register an interest in participating, please contact the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) (see below for contact details).

In addition, both the VLA and the Institute for Animal Health (IAH) are running studies on the spread and control of scrapie.

For further information on enrolling in one of the scrapie studies at VLA or IAH contact:

Rachel Eglin
Veterinary Laboratories Agency,
Surrey KT15 3NB
Tel: 01932 357775

Matthew Baylis
Institute for Animal Health,
Compton, Newbury, Berkshire,
RG20 7NN
Tel: 01635 578411

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