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Turnaround times

Blood, milk, tissue tag and faecal PCR samples normally take 5-10 working days. This is sometimes delayed during busy periods. Please help us to achieve turnaround times by making sure you have filled in the necessary paperwork.

Sample requirements

Each disease has a set of different sample requirements use our Quick PCHS Guide. All samples should be sent to St Boswells following Royal Mail guidelines.

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

SRUC Veterinary Services has 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 not listed here, but agreements change from time to time. Please check when ordering that a tag manufacturer has a testing agreement with SRUC. You can also buy tags independently and send them to our lab. Please register your animals with BCMS before submitting.

BVD test results from another laboratory

We will accept a limited number of test results from another laboratory 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 they 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.

Testing, pen cards and submission forms

General forms

TB accreditation

BVD tag and test

Scottish BVD Eradication Programme

BVDFree England for PCHS Members

  • PCHS member consent form
    Give PCHS permission to upload your BVD accredited herd status for ‘free’ 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.

Testing early

If you need labels for testing early please let us know via the contact page or call the PCHS team on 01835 822 456. We will check your records in our database to see if it is possible for you to test early.

Members' database

The Premium Cattle Health Scheme Members' Database contains details of PCHS members' health status, arranged by seller, area and breed. Use the links below to access the information.

Should you require Breed Society information, we provide a quick link to their websites.

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Our price list covers all of our services including membership fees, testing and pen cards.
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Pen/sale cards (health declaration)

When ordering pen cards, animals must be tested between six and twelve weeks before the sale.
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