Why join a scheme?

Why join a scheme?

Why join a scheme?

BVD costs the GB national herd up to £61m every year

One of the primary aims of any cattle farmer is to keep their livestock healthy as it’s crucial to their achieving sustainable and profitable meat or dairy production.

Most producers plan, through a combination of good hygiene and vaccinations, to keep their stock free from infection of disruptive or deadly diseases.

As farmers know, the physiological functions of diseased animals are generally impaired meaning they are unable to perform either maximally or optimally, and milk or meat yield declines, thus affecting productivity. So, aiming to improve and maintain high health is vitally important from both a welfare and economic perspective.

Also, it’s about marketability and with the UK leaving the EU, never has it been more important to be able to trade globally from herds known to be healthy. 

In a CHECS survey of farmers who were health scheme members, almost half of herds (45%) joined a herd health scheme to obtain official accreditation but an equal number (45%) joined for a combination of reasons relating to herd health:

‘While most breed societies require animals to be tested and health status declared for infectious diseases, there is less onus on commercial producers to do so. Yet the welfare, economic and marketing benefits of joining a CHECS licensed scheme are increasingly becoming clear.

There are many reasons to sign up to a CHECS-licensed scheme but the top three are:


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Better for animals and profits

Health schemes protect the overall health, welfare and profitability of a herd, resulting in a noticeable reduction in annual losses


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Straightforward and supportive

It’s easy to get started and there’s plenty of support along the way from your CHECS health scheme and your herd vet



More marketable products

The supply chain and public are increasingly preoccupied with traceability, and want products from healthy animals