As a member of the Scrapie Monitoring Scheme you commit to sending all fallen stock over 18 months of age for TSE testing. Until now this has involved SMS members taking the dead animals to the Regional Veterinary Laboratories of APHA (England & Wales)or Disease Surveillance Centres of SAC Consulting (Scotland).
From the 1stAugust 2016 SMS members will be able to ask for TSE testing to be done on Sheep and Goats by those fallen stock collectors who are members of the National Fallen Stock Company (NFSCo) and are registered sampling sites (see list below). They will also collect and dispose of the carcass. This new service is in addition to the existing routes for TSE testing (APHA and SAC).
To use this service:
You must be a member of NFSCO if you wish to use the NFSCO collection service. It is free to join with no annual subscription. Please contact the NFSCO helpline on 01335 320014 to register.
You will be charged a fee for the fallen stock collection,carcass disposal, sampling & TSE testing. Please see the list below for the cost of sampling and testing but note these costs do not include the collection and disposal of the carcass that will be charged at the collectors own rate so please ensure you check this when arranging for a collection.
If you choose to use the service clearly mark the dead animal for SMS testing e.g. put a label on it prior to collection and advise the collector a sample for testing is required when arranging the collection of the carcass with the collector.
All fallen stock MUST be accompanied by the submission form which must be given to the driver on collection of the fallen stock. Please give the driver 2 copies. Copies of the submission form can be downloaded from this website (see below) or www.sheepandgoathealth.co.uk
Please ensure you have a current SMS certificate as Membership has to be renewed annually.
If you have any questions please contact the PSGHS office on 01835 822456 or e-mail email@example.com