How does the Health Scheme Work?
Members can choose to test for up to all five diseases. Each of the five diseases has a set of management and testing rules under the CHeCS guidelines. The rules govern the frequency of testing and define which animals in the herd need to be tested. A summary of these testing and sampling rules and guidelines is available. Further information on each of the diseases is also available. A copy of the full CHeCS technical document is also available for download.
The biosecurity of your herd and farm is an important part of the scheme. Your specific circumstances can be discussed with Herdcare and your vet.
Your own vet arranges for the samples to be taken and forwards them on to Biobest, along with the necessary sample submission form and declaration. Each sample can be tested for more then one disease, as required for your particular herd. In addition to an annual membership fee you pay for the laboratory test. Biobest HiHealth Herdcare offers the best value and quickest laboratory service available in the UK.
Following testing your herd will be classified as 'Accredited Disease Free' or 'Screening & Eradicating' for each of the five diseases.
Membership of HiHealth Herdcare includes:
- veterinary advice on testing programmes and the diseases
- veterinary advice on test results
- veterinary advice on biosecurity
- provision of annual certificate confirming Accredited disease-free status
- optional (at farmer preference) advertising of your herd details on the Biobest website
Certificates for individual animals (for example for bull sales) are also available confirming specific test results.
HiHealth Herdcare bulk milk monitored membership (download submission form) is also available for dairy herds. Membership includes a bulk milk test every 4 months and all associated veterinary advice. HiHealth monitored members can also choose to pursue herd accreditation through individual animal testing.
Full details on the HiHealth Herdcare bTB health scheme can be found here.