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Blood, milk, tissue tag and faecal PCR samples normally take 5-10 working days, with delays possible during very busy periods. Please help us to achieve turnaround times by making sure you have filled in the necessary paperwork.
PCHS member inspections: CHECS auditors will be phoning a random selection of PCHS members to arrange a farm audit – these were previously put on hold because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
PCHS blood samples – please use red top tubes. Samples should be dispatched to us within 48 hours of collection and refrigerated until dispatch
PCHS milk samples – must be used with preservative
PCHS BVD ear tissue samples – please keep tags in a cool dry place (DO NOT FREEZE) and submit in batches every two weeks to prevent sample deterioration
We have agreements with the ear tag companies Quicktag and Murray Farmcare, who will include the PCHS lab submission form for combined tag and test when you order tags. Caisley operates a 'Pay as you Go' system, so you are free to choose a lab. However, if sending it to PCHS you must use the Pay as you go form.
We also work with other tag brands, but agreements change from time to time. Please check when ordering that a tag manufacturer has a testing agreement with us. You can also buy tags independently and send them to our lab, but you must register your animals with BCMS before submitting.
BVD test results from other laboratories
We accept a limited number of test results from other laboratories to achieve first qualifying pass only. For clients who continue to use another testing lab for BVD tag and test for their own records, we advise that you carry out a check test via PCHS each year (please make sure you blood test five unvaccinated animals between 9-18 months of age in each management group, totalling at least seven animals) so that we can enter these results onto the PCHS database.
- PCHS Members' Health Scheme status (by seller)
- PCHS Members' Health Scheme status (by area)
- PCHS Members' Health Scheme status (by breed)
Should you require Breed Society information, we provide a quick link to their websites.
- Pen Card application form
- Non-routine submission form
ONLY use this submission form outside your routine annual testing, for example for added animals, reproductive failure, bulk milk test, retest or a clinical screen if the animal is showing signs of the disease. We will send you a separate form for routine annual testing
- BVD tissue tag declaration form
- Johne's blood retest positive animals submission form (including faeces submission)
- Johne's risk level form
- Neospora risk level form
- Application form bTB only
- Application form bTB for PCHS Members
- bTB biosecurity compliance declaration
- CHeCS entry level form
To be completed annually for members of the TB Accreditation Scheme
BVD tag and test
Scottish BVD Eradication Programme
- Scottish Government BVD screening submission form
- Scottish Government BVD ear tissue submission form
BVDFree England for PCHS Members
- PCHS member consent form
Give PCHS permission to upload your BVD accredited herd status to the BVDFree database (open to all herds in the UK)
Non-PCHS farmers who join BVDFree
Only results with a full UK number can be uploaded onto the BVDFree database. Results from SRUC Diagnostic system CANNOT be uploaded, and ScotEID is not connected to the BVDFree database. You must submit samples on BVDFree England paperwork.
BVD Stamp It Out
You must register with BVDFree prior to your results being received.
- BVD Stamp It Out antibody submission form for check test
- BVD Stamp It Out antigen submission form for PI Hunt
- PCHS price list
- PCHS biosecurity guide
Read an overview of biosecurity rules for PCHS
- CHeCS technical document
Read the Cattle Health Certification Standards (CHeCS) rules
- Quick guide to PCHS accreditation
An overview of qualifying testing, samples and annual accreditation for beef
- Isolation and testing guide
This guide is for isolation and testing when adding non-accredited cattle to accredited herd (includes Levels 2-5 Johne’s)
- PCHS-covered diseases explained
- CHeCS Bovine TB herd accreditation and entry level guides
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