BVD Virus Testing Using Tag and Test

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 SAC Consulting 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 can be stored in a cool, dark place (not refrigerated) and sent to the testing lab every two weeks. Do not store longer than two weeks.


  • 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

SACCVS has agreements with the ear tag companies listed below. 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




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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:

SAC Consulting 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)

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Address: SAC Consulting Veterinary Services, Greycrook, St Boswells TD6 0EQ

Telephone: 01835 822456

Fax: 01835 823643


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