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Sample requirements
Testing, submission and other forms
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Turnaround times

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.

Sample requirements

Each disease has a set of different sample requirements. Please download our PCHS quick guide for more information. 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.

So that we can continue to offer BVD PCR testing at a competitive rate, from August 26th 2023, SRUC Veterinary Services will no longer be able to accept Datamars tissue tags (Typifix). Any Datamars submissions received after this point will be uplifted by Datamars from SRUC Vet Services and sent on for testing.

We will continue to process Caisley tags. These tags are handled by automated processes that open and process these tags, minimising handling and enabling us to control costs. Caisley operates a 'Pay as you Go' system and the form to submit with the samples can be found here.

You can also buy tags independently and send them to SRUC but please check with us first if you are unsure about the tag type. More information can be found here.

BVD test results from other laboratories

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).

However, we do accept tag test results from other laboratories with current ISO17025 to go towards your Premium Cattle Health Scheme accreditation, subject to an administration fee. For clients who continue to use another testing lab for BVD tag and test you and your vet will need to sign a declaration that all calves have been tested in accordance with the rules of PCHS. If you are in England and Wales, you must also send in the results.

Members database

The Premium Cattle Health Scheme members database contains details of PCHS members' health status, arranged by seller, area and breed:

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

Testing, submission and other forms

General forms

If this is your first health schemes test we require our membership application form to be completed and returned with the samples. We cannot process the samples without this form.

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 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.

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 this is possible.

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