EU Regulations for bull semen collection –
No bull that tests positive for IBR can enter a stud with an EU Licence,
THIS INCLUDES VACCINATES
Semen for export to Northern Ireland, the EU and third countries
CAN ONLY be collected on a fully EU Licenced stud
When adopting a Health Scheme programme, it is essential that you
consider possible future plans for semen collection from the best bull
Potential stud bulls can be “ring-fenced”
by restricting use of IBR vaccine to the remainder of the herd.
Taking these high fliers to livestock shows and sales, as will be
advised by your vets, is a well-known risk factor.
Semen from IBR vaccinates and IBR positive bulls can be taken on
farm but for sale / use within England, Scotland and Wales only.
Please consider these options carefully to avoid disappointment and,
of course, the loss of potential valuable off-farm revenue.
For further information please contact either Jim Cameron (07977
281070), Geoff Corke (01953 789011) or Rob Wills (07980 894660)
The Royal Veterinary College have updated their website with another
webinar on BVD by Prof Joe Brownlie and Dr Richard Booth, this one
is aimed at farmers and para-professional animal health workers.
CHeCS Johne’s Programme
The CHeCS Johne’s
programme has changed to a graded system which is designed to enable
herds to maintain or move towards clear herd tests. [more]
Health Status for Embryo Transfer Recipients
Embryo transfer recipients (ETRs) are a potential bio-security
risk for accredited and qualifying herds in Hi Health Herdcare and
these risks may extend to current non health scheme disease such as
1. If Herd already Accredited
a) Continue to screen 5 animals per separate group of calves in the
age range 9 to 18 months on an annual basis.
b) Ensure all animals are BVD vaccinated prior to going to a sale.
This will necessitate two doses of vaccine with 3 to 4 weeks interval
between doses. Also allow 2 weeks after the second dose before selling.
2. If Herd not Accredited
a) Blood test the animal/s prior to sale (at least 6 weeks) for BVD
antigen (virus) AND antibody.
b) Vaccinate as detailed above.
c) Ideally join the health scheme
• Ensure adequate time is left prior to sale for testing and
• Ask your health scheme provider for a health declaration at
sale (give adequate notice).
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