The Board of Game took up Prop 64 (previously prop 90) – REMOVAL OF SHEEP & GOATS FROM THE CLEAN LIST – at their statewide meeting in November.
There was a lot of public involvement with this; over 300 written comments, several producers participating in the public testimony, and a “town hall” meeting hosted by the Board of Game members.
The Board of Game voted to “take no action” on this proposal – which does take it off the table. While this proposal is gone, the issue is still actively being worked on. The office of the State Vet is continuing the study on movi and looking for more producers willing to test their animals. The Alaska Farm Bureau budgeted $5000 last year to assist sheep and goat owners in costs associated with participating in this study – these funds have almost been used up so please contact Amy Seitz ([email protected] or 252-5064) to check on availability before submitting for reimbursement. More information on the study can be found on the State Vet’s website here.
To continue work on this issue, an expanded working group is being formed and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is providing a facilitator to assist in the discussion. Information from this working group will be available for interested parties to access: how to access this will be released when details have been worked out.