a brain sample from an adult female goat is now required to get full "scrapie not suspected" status."About killing a milker, we had to do the same in order to obtain the scrapie unsuspect status. We had Pieterbep slaughtered and her head send to the animal health centre to do a brain surge for scrapie. She came out ok. We have to do the same every 2 years and we have to have a yearly declaration signed by our vet he has never seen scrapie among our goats and sheep. We will reach status no 4 on 1-1-2003 what allows us to export too."
Made me feel a little better about culling an RM146 Q*5 GG milker for a scrapie brain sample:(Christine [UK].
" What is this about, Christine? Having to kill a milker for a brain sample??"
Defra recently brought goat requirements into line with those for sheep regarding scrapie monitored status. They have recognised that many goat herds are small so are giving them some leeway in order to comply. As well as an annual veterinary visit a brain sample from an adult female is now required to get full status. I only had three milkers + two female kids so not many choices! One of my milkers still needs milk figures and my beloved Princess would leave these premises over my dead body! This left her litter sister Principle who is one of only a handful of RM milkers in the breed and holder of the highest extended GG lactation at present. However, needs must so she went to protect the others. I was able to move her direct to the VI Centre at Shrewsbury under a general licence for "movement to laboratory" and hold her while she was injected. My friend Ruth in Rievaulx had to have her oldest GG put down at home then her vet cut the head off and took it for analysis. He also thankfully helped Ruth bury the body. Pretty grim stuff?
I think this is a bloody disgrace and I will NEVER allow this for any of my animals!!!!!As far as I am concerned DEFRA can go to hell and back before they TOUCH any of my goats. I had no idea this was happening, and feel that after FMD and the lies and deceit that we have all been subjected to, this should be fought tooth and nail.