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Recent breakthrough by USDA researchers regarding transmission of the OPP virus

has been a game changer. For more information, see our ‘Library’ and ‘Newsletter’ pages.

— ‘Elitest’ ELISA now Available in the U.S. —

 

Of more than 30 ELISAs noted for detection of OPP/CAE, ‘Elitest’ is the only one validated to standards of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). This test was developed through a collaborative effort by laboratories in the UK, Spain, Italy and Belgium, and is used in control and eradication programs worldwide, including Ontario and Minnesota.


‘Elitest’ is now offered by the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory with a fee of $6.25 per sample and no out-of-state surcharge. Submit 1 ml of serum for this test.

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Jim Sheeder, Sheeder Farm

Commercial Polypay—Pennsylvania

814-233-4949 

jimsheeder@gmail.com

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We welcome the following. See more information in our 2018 Member Directory.

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— Genetic Test for OPPV Susceptibility —


This test, TMEM154, was introduced in 2013 by GeneSeek, a Neogen Corporation Company in Lincoln, Nebraska. It was developed by USDA scientists at the Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) in Clay Center, Nebraska, working with GeneSeek, and is based on results validated in collaboration with USDA colleagues in Idaho and Washington state.


The test reports risk level for OPPV infection. (It does NOT tell you whether or not an animal is infected!) Animals at lowest risk can still become infected, and at least one strain of the OPP virus has adapted to infect all genotypes. But removing the most susceptible animals may, over time, be beneficial in efforts to reduce a flock’s overall infection level.


TMEM154 can be run on a sample of whole blood (1-2 cc in a lavender-topped EDTA tube) or on a blood-spot card (cards available from GeneSeek for $1 each). Cost is $12.  See our Library page for related info and submission form.


Important Note:  While some may opt to employ this new DNA test in their OPP control efforts, at this time the OPP Society does not advocate genetic selection as a route to eradication. In summary, ALL breeds are susceptible to infection with the OPP virus, so ALL shepherds need to be aware of this risk and the related need for biosecurity.

Tanya King, Turning Point Farm & Ranch LLC

Dorper, Katahdin, Dorper x Katahdin—Wyoming

307-856-6586   

turningpointfarm.tk@gmail.com

Paul and Trisha Hoffman, Blustery Knoll Farm

Katahdin X Dorper, Dairy Goats—Illinois

815-246-9849   

paul.arthur.hoffman@gmail.com

Leith MacKenzie, Sweet Grass Meats

Katahdin x Dorper—New York

585-374-9913   

sweetgrassmeats@yahoo.com

“I continue to teach the introductory sheep production course here at Iowa State University, and every year I teach students about OPP. The information you provide periodically makes it quite easy for me to keep my students up to date . . . Keep up the good work!”


Dr Curtis R Youngs

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

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— OPP Eradication Trial Completed in Minnesota —

 

In late 2013, following new research suggesting that OPP eradication may be possible without severe culling of ewes or orphaning lambs, the Minnesota Lamb & Wool Producers accepted an invitation to collaborate with the Minnesota Board of Animal Health (BAH), University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and College of Veterinary Medicine, USDA Veterinary Services, and the OPP Society in a trial to test a new eradication strategy.


The Trial began in the Fall of 2013 and was completed in late 2017. The four producers who persisted through all 4-plus years have been refreshingly open regarding what happens in the real world vs. best laid plans. Their personal accounts, as well as details of the management and testing protocols now proven to work in any flock,  are included in our 16-page final report which can be found on the ‘Library’ page.

Mariana Marques de Almeida, Ms J and Company

Assaf Dairy Sheep—Wisconsin

608-426-2017    

mariana@msjandco.com

David and Deborah Rising, Twelve Oaks Farm

Katahdin—Oklahoma

405-990-0029   

deblrising@yahoo.com

Lila and Dale Schmidt, Grandview Polypay

Polypay—Minnesota

507-532-7564   

lilalamb@starpoint.net

Karen Stormo, Avalon Farm

Border Leicester, Icelandic, Targhee—Minnesota

218-776-2223  

sheepfarm@gvtel.com

Sue Wiegrefe, Prairie Plum Farm

Babydoll Southdown—Minnesota

715-220-1183

swiegrefe@sbcglobal.net

Shane and Jessica Blair, Fire Rock Farm

Commercial Polypay—Minnesota

320-760-8581  

jesselea14@yahoo.com

Rich Fitz, Ugly Dog’s Farm

Border Cheviot, Clun Forest—Michigan

810-299-3417   

rich.fitz@charter.net

Kelly, Jean and Steve Froehlich

Lincoln—Minnesota

320-396-3135    

kellyssheep@gmail.com

Phillip and Raye Lynn Gardner

Polypay (commercial & purebred)—Utah

435-878-5542, 435-231-0043 (cell)   

rayelynngar@gmail.com

Phillip J  Gill DVM, Gill Farms

Hamp/Suffolk—Minnesota

507-220-5077   

drphil@newulmtel.net

Rob and Karmin Goerger, Jct 75 & 212 Ovine Ranch

Dorset; Finn x Dorset; Finn x Polypay—Minnesota

320-598-3554   

goergerrob@gmail.com

Dan Hammond, Fish Creek Farm

Columbia x Dorset—Minnesota

320-285-7583   

ddhammond@outlook.com

Pam Hand DVM / Will Hueston DVM, Springwood Farm

Barbados Blackbelly—Virginia

434-963-2546   

pjhand@embarqmail.com  huestonwill@gmail.com

Chad Hasbargen, Hasbargen Land & Cattle

Ile de France—Minnesota

320-815-5185   

chadwickhasbargen@gmail.com

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— ASI to Pilot New Eradication Project —

 

This project builds on Minnesota’s Trial and will track flocks with significant levels of infection to further document the efficacy of a new eradication strategy. Flocks of all sizes are invited to apply, and all applicants will be considered.


While eradication needs to be the main emphasis at present, it is equally important to identify sources of test-negative replacements and hopefully this project will eventually expand to accomplish just that.   Also see our ‘Library’ page.