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This industry-led cattle health programme to evaluate risk and recognise farmers who step up biosecurity to help control bovine TB (bTB) was launched in November 2016.
CHeCS bTB Herd Accreditation is a voluntary scheme which has been welcomed by Defra and the Welsh Government. Working with the herd vet and through health schemes, a herd’s ‘score’ improves every year it is free from a bTB breakdown, awarding a status of 0-10 to correspond with the number of years.
As well as reducing risk of infection, the country-wide programme could present informed purchasing opportunities. In particular, it could benefit farmers selling cattle from regions with a high risk of the disease or who wish to minimise exposure from bought-in animals. It could also give recognition for a farmer’s efforts to complement Government and industry strategies to control infection.
More information is available at www.checs.co.uk where the Handbook can be downloaded. If it sounds advantageous, farmers should discuss joining with their vet then contact one of the participating CHeCS-accredited health schemes listed on the website. The application form includes a privacy agreement to allow the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) to send test data automatically to the health scheme, and a declaration from the herd vet. After the form is sent back, a starting score will be awarded.
How to use the CHeCS bTB Herd Accreditation programme when buying cattle:
How to use the CHeCS bTB Herd Accreditation programme to minimise disease:
Go to www.checs.co.uk for more details.