From July 1 2021, Defra introduces default six-monthly TB testing of cattle herds across the whole High Risk Area (HRA) of England. However, if you become CHECS TB Herd Accredited you could stay on annual testing.
If you farm in the HRA region you will have to prepare your business for biannual TB test procedures from July 1 2021 unless Defra notifies you separately to say you can remain on annual testing.
However, herds – including any that are already routinely six-monthly tested in the HRA or Edge Area – will be eligible to remain on, or revert to, annual testing if they meet either of these criteria:
CHECS TB Herd Accreditation is based on working with your herd vet to manage six biosecurity Risk Factors, which reduce your risk of a TB breakdown. So, participation could not only restore you to annual surveillance testing but also provide a systematic and supported framework to reduce your risk of TB. Discover which health schemes offer CHECS TB programmes and learn more about the earned recognition opportunities of CHECS TB Herd Accreditation
In 2018, the Godfray review of TB strategy in England praised CHECS TB Herd Accreditation, but recognised its high standards were challenging to achieve. So, it also proposed the idea of baseline ‘no regrets’ biosecurity measures that would be more easily-achievable yet effective at reducing risk.
This concept developed into CHECS TB Entry Level Membership, a standalone programme that also forms the baseline requirements for CHECS TB Herd Accreditation. Based on six biosecurity Risk Factors, you and your vet would commit to at least one option under each to achieve Membership.
Because CHECS TB Entry Level Membership reduces your chances of a TB breakdown, participation could help you stay six, or more, years TB-free, or help you on your way, which would also qualify you for annual testing.
Discover which health schemes offer CHECS TB programmes and learn more about the earned recognition opportunities of CHECS TB Entry Level Membership
If you are interested in signing up to either CHECS TB Herd Accreditation or CHECS TB Entry Level Membership, veterinary sign-off of the Entry Level aspects requires your vet to be a BCVA Approved TB Veterinary Adviser (BATVA).
In order to qualify to be a BATVA your vet must participate in a half-day, top-up online training course, which brings them right up to date with the latest on subjects such as badger ecology, behaviour change and contingency planning. They can find out more at www.bcva.org.uk/cpd