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BVD Virus Testing Using Tag and Test

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This service is available to all beef and dairy producers

Ear tissue tags collect a tissue sample from the ear whilst you tag the animal. The tissue sample is collected in an individually labelled, air-tight, tamper-proof container as the animal is tagged. This container is then sent to the SRUC Veterinary Services laboratory where it will be tested for BVD Virus to identify any animal that is a PI (Persistently infected animal). Results are returned within a week to both you and your vet.

Tags should be kept in a cool dry place and submitted in batches every two weeks. This is important to ensure the tissue samples do not deteriorate. It also means you get the results quickly and can act on them if necessary.


  • You collect the samples cutting down on  the veterinary costs for sampling
  • Ear tagging is carried out as routine so no extra time is spent collecting samples
  • Animals are tested quickly after birth so that PI animals can be removed from the rest of herd to prevent disease spread
  • Fast turn around of results

Order Your Tags

SRUC Veterinary Services has agreements with the ear tag companies listed below. Please note we also work with other tag brands not listed here as agreements change from time to time - please check when ordering that a tag manufacturer has a testing agreement with SRUC. Ordering the combined tag and test provides good value for money as this is more cost effective than purchasing tags and testing independent of each other.

Please click on these links to order your ID and button tags direct:






Murray Farmcare




Caisley logo 'Pay As You Go' Submission Form for Caisley






Alternatively anyone buying a tissue tag (ID or button tag) with no tied in testing fee can return the tissue sample with submission form direct to:

SRUC Veterinary Services, Greycrook, St Boswells, Melrose, Roxburghshire, TD6 0EQ.

Contact us for PCHS member discounts.

Please register your animals with BCMS before submitting.

Downloadable submission form for tags with no tied in testing

Premium Cattle Health Scheme (PCHS)

PCHS logo

Address: SRUC Veterinary Services, Greycrook, St Boswells TD6 0EQ

Telephone: 01835 822456

Fax: 01835 823643


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