CHeCS was established by the cattle industry in 1999 as a form of quality control for disease management programmes. Its aim is to create robust common standards to underpin the control and eradication of the main endemic cattle diseases in the UK and Ireland. This means CHeCS does not provide or manage health schemes itself - but it provides the standards for those that do and wish to be licensed.
What is Cattle Health Certification Standards (CHeCS)?
The first step is to identify which diseases you want to control, and contact a licensed CHeCS Cattle Health Scheme which covers that disease. A list of participating health schemes is at the bottom of each ‘disease’ page. Herd owners may test for any or all of the diseases at the same time. Where to start depends on a herd’s individual circumstances. The entry level to a Cattle Health Scheme only requires routine monitoring (which in dairy herds is by regular bulk milk testing). This will give a good assessment of the health status of the herd. Once the health status is known, a herd may progress through a programme of control and eradication to eventual accreditation of disease free status.Read More