From a news release
The federal government has announced an investment of up to $345,720 to the Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) to implement the Scrapie Eradication Strategic Plan for the sheep and goat industries.
This project will provide sheep and goat producers with the information and tools necessary to combat scrapie, a fatal disease affecting sheep and goats. The project will help mitigate economic losses to sheep and goat producers, reduce the cost of disease control actions, regain market access, and explore new market opportunities.
Malpeque MP Wayne Easter announced the funding on behalf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay on Thursday.
- Canada is world-renowned for its high-quality livestock. For 2014, Canadian farm cash receipts for goats, sheep and lambs totaled nearly $187 million.
- This project will expand the existing the Voluntary Scrapie Flock Certification Program (VSFCP), a national flock/herd scrapie risk management program available to any sheep or goat farmer in Canada who agrees to meet the requirements of the program.
- The funding is being made through Growing Forward 2’s, AgriMarketing Program, a five-year, up to $341 million initiative.