The Society encourages high health in member herds to reduce losses, increase production, and increase profitability.
It seeks to give buyers reassurance that the cattle they purchase at Society pedigree sales are of high health status.
The Society’s Sale rules require that:
- All animals coming to Society Sales must either be from herds that are CHeCS accredited for BVD or individually tested negative for BVD antigen; and that all animals must have completed a course of BVD vaccination at least one month prior to the date of the Sale. Females must have completed the vaccination course at least one month prior to being put to bull or AI.
- From 2016 all animals coming to Society Sales must be from herds that are members of a CHeCS health scheme and are screening for Johnes.
- From 2017 all animals coming to Society Sales must be from herds that are CHeCS certified risk levels 1, 2 or 3 for Johnes.
Pre-movement testing for TB, irrespective of herd location, is also required.
Financial incentives are available to help members towards the eradication of particular diseases through CHeCS standard health schemes.
For further information please contact SDHBS.