Premium Cattle Health Scheme
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Cattle Health Certification Standards (CHeCS) oversee the protocols for controlling and eliminating infectious endemic cattle diseases in the UK and Ireland. The Premium Cattle Health Scheme (PCHS) run by SRUC Veterinary Services is one of the largest CHeCS Licensed Schemes in the UK. Membership provides an important framework for establishing the disease status of a herd, as well as guidance for reduction, eradication, and certification of freedom from disease.
We work in close partnership with vet practices and our member farmers and offer a cost-effective programme of testing and management to control BVD, Johne’s Disease, IBR, Leptospirosis and Neospora alongside the CHeCS Bovine TB Herd Accreditation programme.
Controlling these major infectious diseases makes financial sense whether you are a pedigree or commercial beef or dairy farmer. Buyers of breeding replacements and Breed Societies are increasingly demanding stock sold with Certified Accredited health status.
A health scheme you can trust
Our team of specialist PCHS vets can support your vet and implement a programme of testing and biosecurity to help you eliminate and control diseases in your herd. We have a proven track record running health schemes since 1998. Our Health Schemes Team based at our hub at St Boswells are pleased to offer:
- Cattle Health Certification Standards (CHeCS)certification and sale cards
- fully interpreted results sent promptly to you and your vet with preferential testing rates
- a well-maintained database, enabling you to keep track of your herd’s testing progress
- pre-printed bar-coded labels for your vets, to prevent transcription errors
- reminders when testing is due
- an option to advertise on a PCHS membership database to thousands of potential buyers
How does PCHS work?
You can choose to become accredited for any of the following diseases: BVD, Johne’s Disease, IBR, Leptospirosis and Neospora alongside the CHeCS Bovine TB Herd Accreditation programme. Please ensure that you are familiar with CHeCS biosecurity guidelines before applying.
You can enrol by returning a completed application form. We will send paperwork and guidance, so that your vet can sample the appropriate animals and certify that biosecurity conditions are met. Once your herd qualifies, PCHS will award you with certificates of accredited health status.
PCHS membership is an annual subscription and we invoice you directly for the yearly lab testing at a discounted rate. Please have a look at the quick reference guide and the price list from which you can work out the prices for your herd.
For sample requirements please visit our Member resources page.
Join the Premium Cattle Health Scheme (PCHS)
The application form must be completed before any testing can take place.
Once you enrol, submission forms for annual testing will be sent automatically to you and your vet. Bar coded labels will be sent for sampling, apart from BVD check tests where the vet will select the animals to test.
The Submission form must be fully completed and signed by both owner/manager and vet. All application forms should be filled out and returned to:
SRUC Veterinary Services Health Schemes, Greycrook, St Boswells, TD6 0EQ, or you can email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a look at our advice guides and CHeCS Technical Document section for more help and information.
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