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Bovine TB Herd Accreditation

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Bovine TB Herd Accreditation Programme

The aim of this programme (launched in November 2016) is to allow a more ‘risk based approach’ to bovine TB (bTB) when trading cattle and focuses on biosecurity measures. The potential benefits for farms participating in the programme include improved status for low risk holdings in higher risk or edge areas, reduced risk of buying in disease and a systematic, supported approach to controlling disease. Visit TBhub

How it Works

  • Join a participating CHeCS-accredited Health Scheme like PCHS and work with vet to implement CHeCS biosecurity on-farm.
  • PCHS with  farmer's agreement will access test results data direct from APHA (who co-ordinate the statutory testing for bTB).
  • Farm awarded a starting Herd Status based on last 10 years of test data. This means homebred animals marketed from these herds can then be sold with that status, subject to a signed declaration from the herd vet.

Participating herds adhering to the requirements of the scheme are given a bTB score according to the number of years they have tested free:

Scoring System

10 (low risk) - 10 years or more since the last bTB breakdown within the herd.

9 to 1 - The score corresponds to the number of years since the herd regained Officially TB Free (OTF) status after a breakdown.

(high risk) - The herd is OTF at this point but has had a bTB breakdown within the past year.

Unclassified/not stated - (maximum risk): Not participating, or the animal is bought-in and cannot use the herd status.

Testing Requirements

The CHeCS programme differs from statutory bTB control in several ways. It is recommended that all added animals are placed in quarantine upon arrival; if any then fail the bTB skin test, this should not affect the CHeCS bTB Herd Accreditation – although APHA will still record an official breakdown. Added biosecurity measures apply, such as preventing nose to nose contact with cattle of a lower health status over fences or walls. Some additional pre and post-movement testing may also be required. A summary of those requirements is below:

Please refer to testing table on the CHeCS website by clicking here  

Leaflets, Technical Standard and Handbook link to CHeCS website.

Price, Application Form and Compliance Declaration

Price list

Application form bTB only

Application Form bTB for PCHS Members

bTB Biosecurity Compliance Declaration



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