E. MONITORED Flock Program(Appendix 2)(pdf)

1.
The purpose of Monitored status is to allow large flocks access to the OMVFSP at an affordable cost.
It is of most use to the following flocks:

a.

Large flocks that believe that there is no MVV infection present and wish to have an MV status for advertising purposes (e.g. selling of breeding stock).

b.
Large commercial flocks that wish to discover the status of the flock to ensure that MV is not a cause of production loss.  If a Monitored status is achieved, the producer may wish to maintain the status by testing any new additions and following recommended Biosecurity protocols.
2.
No biosecurity or animal movement restrictions apply to Monitored flocks.
3.
A random proportion of all sheep in the flock that are ≥ 365 days of age are selected for testing.
a.
The statistically derived sample of sheep will be randomly selected and be large enough to detect MV infection at a prevalence of 5% or greater with a 95% confidence interval (Appendix 9)
b.
No ID’s need to be recorded, but total numbers of sheep in the flock on the day of sampling must be included on the OMVFSP Microsoft Excel7 spreadsheet OMVFSP_AHL_Inventory_Forms available from OSMA.
4.
In the event of a NEGATIVE flock test, the flock will be awarded a Monitored status for a time period not exceeding 395 days from the date of the test.
a.
The random flock test must be repeated annually (365 to 395 days) to maintain Monitored status.
b.
Failure to do so will result in loss of status.
5.
A flock with a POSITIVE flock test has no status.
   
F. MONITORED - LOW RISK Flock Program
1.
Some flocks may wish to eventually achieve MONITORED - LOW RISK status. This requires the following:
 
a.
The flock meets all biosecurity requirements of ENROLLED and “B” status flocks as outlined in Section C and summarized in Appendix 8.
 
b.
Random flock sampling and testing will be performed as outlined in Section E.3.
 
c.
If the above are performed for a minimum of 24 months, i.e. three consecutive annual Monitored flock tests and each random test is NEGATIVE, the flock will be awarded MONITORED LOW-RISK status after the third NEGATIVE flock test.
   
i.
To fully qualify for MONITORED-LOW RISK status, at the Qualifying test, animal ID’s of all animals on the flock must be recorded on the official forms as for Whole Flock status.
 
d.
MONITORED - LOW RISK status is valid for no longer than 395 days from the date of the last test.
 
e.
This status implies that the flock is at low risk of being infected with MVV; however ”A” status and MONITORED - LOW RISK status are not equivalent in risk.
 
f.
Sheep may not transfer from a MONITORED - LOW RISK flock to an “A” flock without testing and isolation as per Section C.
   
G. Moving from the MONITORED or MONITORED-LOW RISK program to the WHOLE FLOCK program.
1.
For flocks with MONITORED status, at any time the producer may opt to join the MV Flock Status Whole Flock program but must start at Section D.1 - Initial Qualifying Test for Enrolled Status, at which time all rules will apply.
2.
Flocks with MONITORED - LOW RISK status may opt to enter the Whole Flock program at any time.
 
a.
If the initial qualifying test is NEGATIVE, then the flock will be awarded “B” status rather than Enrolled.
 
b.
If the flock test is POSITIVE, then after the test POSITIVE sheep are removed, the flock will be awarded Enrolled status.

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