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USDA/APHIS RIN: 0579-AC92 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Scrapie in Sheep and Goats 

This rulemaking will amend the scrapie regulations by changing the risk groups and categories established for individual animals and for flocks, increasing the use of genetic testing as a means of assigning risk levels to animals, reducing movement restrictions for animals found to be genetically less susceptible or resistant to scrapie, and simplifying, reducing, or removing certain recordkeeping requirements. It also provides designated scrapie epidemiologists with more alternatives and flexibility when testing animals in order to determine flock designations under the regulations. The rule changes the definition of high-risk animal, which will change the types of animals eligible for indemnity, and to pay higher indemnity for certain pregnant ewes and does and early maturing ewes and does. The changes will also make the identification and recordkeeping requirements for goat owners consistent with those for sheep owners. These changes affect sheep and goat producers, persons who handle sheep and goats in interstate commerce, and State governments.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 9 CFR 54    9 CFR 79   
Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 8301 to 8317   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/10/2015  80 FR 54659   
NPRM Comment Period End  11/09/2015 
NPRM Comment Period Reopened  11/16/2015  80 FR 70718   
NPRM Comment Period Reopened End   12/09/2015 
Final Rule  01/00/2017 
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Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: State 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Diane Sutton
Sheep, Goat, Cervid, and Equine Health Center; Surveillance, Preparedness, and Response Services, VS
Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Unit 43, 4700 River Road, Unit 43,
Riverdale, MD 20737-1235
Phone:301 851-3509