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November 03, 2008   Email to Friend 

SCRAPIE ERADICATION MEETINGS SET IN BREWTON, CROSSVILLE
Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
November 03, 2008

Scrapie costs U.S. producers between $20-$25 million annually.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Alabama Meat Goat & Sheep Producers, a division of the Alabama Farmers Federation, with the support of the American Sheep Industry Association, will be hosting two meetings to update producers across the state on the latest information regarding compliance with the National Scrapie Eradication Program and movement of sheep and goats off of the farm.

The first of the two programs will be in Brewton at the Escambia County Extension Office on Nov. 17, 6 p.m. The second program will be Nov. 18, 6 p.m., at Sand Mountain Experiment Station in Crossville.

Producers interested in learning more about what is required to move animals, required tags and how to keep their flocks and herds scrapie-free are urged to attend.

Producers also will be updated on current goat and sheep markets in Alabama, and potential future opportunities. Mitt Walker, the Federation's director of the Meat Goat & Sheep Division, will report on the status of the industry and the Alabama Sheep and Goat Checkoff Program.

A meal prepared from lamb and goat products produced in Alabama will be provided for all who attend at no cost. Speakers will include Dr. Cindy Brasfield with the USDA and representatives from the Alabama Department of Agriculture and industries.

For more information, contact Mitt Walker at (334) 613-4757 or email mwalker@alfafarmers.org.


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