Scrapie - Advisory Notes for Farmers (PB9446)

TSE testing – active surveillance

Under EU Regulation 999/2001 (as amended) the UK is currently required to test a prescribed number of sheep aged over 18 months and slaughtered for human consumption (abattoir survey). These samples will be taken at the abattoirs that process this category of sheep.

The Regulation also requires the testing of a prescribed number of sheep and goats aged over 18 months and not destined for human consumption (fallen stock survey). These samples will be collected directly from farms. Farmers offering fallen stock should in the first instance contact their local Animal Health Divisional Office.

For any queries on fallen stock active surveillance please contact:

TSE Scrapie Testing Section Defra
(020) 7904 6538

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