Premium Sheep & Goat Health Schemes
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The Premium Sheep and Goat Health Schemes (PSGHS) are run by SRUC Veterinary Services and provide an important framework for establishing the disease status of a flock, as well as guidance for reduction, eradication and certification of freedom from disease.
We work in close partnership with veterinary practices and our member farmers and offer a cost-effective national programme of proactive testing and management to control maedi visna (MV) for sheep, caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE) for goats, enzootic abortion of ewes (EAE) and Johne's disease. We also provide a scrapie monitoring scheme for export and scrapie genotyping for selective breeding.
Buyers of breeding replacements and breed societies are increasingly demanding stock sold with Certified Accredited health status and it is a requirement for export to countries free of MV/CAE.
While PSGHS Accreditation is the gold standard, our PSGHS monitoring schemes provide a level of assurance for buyers looking to reduce disease risk and are valued by all flock owners wishing to minimise the impact of disease in their flocks.
A health scheme you can trust
We've been running health schemes since 1998 and employ over 20 experienced vets, who are experts in identifying and reporting farm animal disease. We run a UKAS accredited lab, so you can be assured of quality service. Our team of specialist PSGHS vets can support your vet and implement a programme of testing and biosecurity to help you eliminate and control diseases in your flock.
- fully interpreted results sent to you and your vet, with preferential testing rates
- a well-maintained database, enabling you to keep track of your flock’s testing progress
- reminders when testing is due
- an option to advertise on a PSGHS membership database to thousands of potential buyers
- health status reports, so you can promote your flock to people sourcing rams and breeding replacements
MV/CAE Accredited members are also able to attend MV/CAE Accredited sections at shows and sales and export to countries free of MV/CAE.
How PSGHS works
MV Monitored is not as high a health status as MV Accredited and doesn't qualify animals for entry into MV Accredited sections of shows and sales or meet export regulations that require MV Accreditation. It does however provide an option for many commercial flock owners wishing to reduce the impact of disease.
Once you join PSGHS, we'll automatically send submission forms for annual testing to you and your vet. We'll include guidance, so that your vet can sample the appropriate animals and certify that biosecurity conditions are met. Once your flock qualifies, PSGHS will award you with health status reports.
PSGHS 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. Visit our member resources section for more guides.
Please ensure that you are familiar with biosecurity guidelines before applying.
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.
If you are running an MV/CAE accredited show or sale we require a completed application and event declaration. Please fill out the application form and return it to us by post, fax or email.
You must keep a current plan identifying the following areas on the showground:
- penning for MV/CAE accredited stock from non-accredited stock
- unloading and reloading points for MV/CAE accredited stock and non-accredited stock
- routes of movement, for example from pennage to sale/exhibition ring, including grand parade
- judging arrangements for animals of different status
Your event may be subject to inspection.
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