New scheme promises recognition for TB free herds
May 14, 2021
A new TB scheme from CHECS called ‘The TB Entry Level membership scheme’ has recently been launched. The new scheme aims to engage participants in biosecurity measures that reduce the risk of a TB breakdown. These measures are recognised by the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA), Defra and the Welsh Government to reduce the risk of TB entering your herd.
The new scheme requires farmers to comply with at least one biosecurity option from each of six different biosecurity Risk Factors, after an annual discussion with their vet. Our vets will undertake the approved training as soon as it is released, so all our clients can take part so please do let us know that you are interested.
The biosecurity risk factors that the scheme covers are:
- Risk Factor 1: Minimise TB risk from purchased cattle
- Risk Factor 2: Minimise TB risk from contact with cattle in other herds
- Risk Factor 3: Minimise TB risk from your own animals
- Risk Factor 4: Minimise the spread of TB through muck or slurry
- Risk Factor 5: Reduce TB risk to and from badgers
- Risk Factor 6: Have a TB failure contingency plan
Positive recognition for Bovine TB free herds
Membership of the scheme isn’t compulsory, but it’s very likely that participation will be recognised positively when purchasing as it demonstrates that your farm is engaged in protecting your herd from Bovine TB.
Members of the CHECS TB Accreditation Scheme, who adhere to further strict biosecurity measures, will also have to complete the risk factor review when they renew their status.
We think this is a really positive step that will allow herds to gain recognition for the hard work you have put in to protecting your TB free status. For even more information, please go to the CHECS website and if you’re interested in taking part, don’t forget to call us on 01327 350 239 or drop us an email to register your interest.