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:

Originating from a… Seller has a CHeCS bTB Herd Status of… Moving to an area which… Pre-movement testing by seller Post-movement testing by buyer
Six-monthly or annual testing area None/not in programme Test six monthly or annually  C
Test four-yearly or is OFT
0-10 Test six monthly or annually   C
Test four-yearly or is OFT
Four-yearly area but not OTF (Officially TB-Free) None/not in programme Test six monthly or annually C† C
Tests four-yearly C† C
is OFT (Scotland) * C
0-9 Test six monthly or annually C† C
Tests four-yearly C†  C
is OFT (Scotland) * C
10 Test six monthly or annually C†
Tests four-yearly C†
is OFT (Scotland) * C*
OTF (Scotland) None/not in programme Test six monthly or annually C† C
Tests four-yearly C†  C
is OFT (Scotland)  C
0-9 Test six monthly or annually C†  C
Tests four-yearly C† C
is OFT (Scotland) C
10 Test six monthly or annually C†
Tests four-yearly C†
is OFT (Scotland)

KEY:

statutory testing requirement.
C CHeCS testing requirement.
* Statutory pre-movement testing required unless the animal has spent its whole life in four-yearly test or OTF area.
C CHeCS pre-movement testing unless the animal has resided since birth in a low-incidence area (four-yearly test or Scotland).
C* CHeCS post-movement testing required if the animal has had statutory pre-movement testing.