The farmer or cattle owner first finds a participating CHeCS-accredited Health Scheme (see below) and works with the herd vet to implement CHeCS biosecurity on-farm.
The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) co-ordinates the centralised statutory testing regime for bTB. So rather than testing animals themselves, the Health Schemes, with the agreement of the famers involved, will access test results data direct from APHA.
Accessing the last 10 years of test data will allow the Health Scheme to award the farm a starting Herd Status. This means homebred animals marketed from these herds can then be sold with that status, subject to a signed declaration from the herd vet.