BVD Vaccinations For Sales

Members should be aware that all Charolais cattle forward at Society Sales must be vaccinated against BVD (Bovine Viral Diarrhoea). These vaccines can be single or double dose, and owners must meet the manufacturers’ guidelines on re-vaccination or booster vaccines. Typically, re-vaccinations and booster vaccinations must be administered within 12 months, but please refer to the timeline recommended by the specific vaccine’s manufacturer.
Vaccines which expire on or before the sale date must not be used.

If your herd is not part of a CHeCS-approved health scheme, or if your herd has not been granted Accredited Free status for BVD, all potential sale cattle must test negative on a BVD antigen test. They must then be vaccinated on the same day as the antigen test. If you are using a double dose vaccine, the second dose should be administered approximately 3-4 weeks later.

If your herd is part of a CHeCS-approved health scheme and has been granted Accredited Free status for BVD, a BVD antigen test is not required. However, any sale animals must still be fully vaccinated.

IMPORTANT – Do not vaccinate cattle just prior to the sales as immunity to BVD will not have built up sufficiently.

CATTLE NOT FULLY VACCINATED FOR BVD WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ENTRY TO THE AUCTION CENTRE

If you require any further information about joining a CHeCS-approved health scheme, please contact one of the providers below:

Cattle Health Schemes licensed by CHeCS

AFBI Cattle Health Scheme
Agri-Food Biosciences Division
Veterinary Sciences Division
Stoney Road, Stormont
Belfast, BT4 3SD
Tel: + 44 (0) 2890 525749
Fax: + 44 (0) 2890 525787
Email: info@afbini.gov.uk
www.afbini.gov.uk
HI Health Herdcare
Biobest Laboratories Limited
6 Charles Darwin House
The Edinburgh Technopole
Milton Bridge
Nr Penicuik, EH26 0PY
Tel. +44 (0)131 440 2628
Fax. +44 (0)131 440 9587
E-mail: herdcare@biobest.co.uk
www.hihealthherdcare.co.uk
Premium Cattle Health Scheme
SAC Veterinary Services
Greycrook, St Boswells
Roxburghshire TD6 0EU
Tel: + 44 (0) 1835 822456
Fax: + 44 (0) 1835 823643
E-mail: pchs1@btconnect.com
www.cattlehealth.co.uk
VLA Herdsure Cattle Health Improvement Service
Tel: +44 (0)1789 750972
E-mail: herdsure.LSluddington@vla.defra.gsi
www.vla.gov.uk