For a long time, sheep producers have been able to determine if their sheep were resistant to scrapie, by submitting a blood or tissue sample. This enabled sheep producers to breed for scrapie resistance. Goat producers now have the same option.
The Shepherd's Notebook blog has been moved to the Maryland Small Ruminant Page at http://www.sheepandgoat.com/blog. Shepherd's Notebook was created in 2006 to provide timely information to sheep and goat producers and anyone else interested in small ruminants.