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BVD HerdCheck Flying Herd

What is the BVD HerdCheck Flying Herd scheme?

A CHeCS approved annual BVD surveillance scheme for dairy herds that do not rear their own replacements and buy in stock costing £125 + VAT a year.

Why should I enrol on the scheme?

The signs of BVD may go unnoticed on your farm if you have animals infected with the virus. Equally, if you don’t have BVD present then your herd will be at risk from infection and needs to be protected. This service offers a dynamic picture of the BVD status of your herd by assessing both the levels of the virus and the immune response to it.

What are the benefits?

Determining which scenario your herd falls under for BVD status will help assess the need for biosecurity measures, vaccination and further monitoring that are most suited and therefore most effective for your herd.

What is involved?

Quarterly testing for BVD virus on your bulk milk samples. These are automatically selected from spare samples we have in our fridges collected by your tanker driver. Where multiple tanks are sampled on one farm either each sample will be tested individually, or you can send in a composite sample. 4 samples per year are included in the fee, extra samples will incur an additional fee of £25 per sample. All calves born on farm, whether dead or alive, will need to be tissue sampled using a Tag & Test kit; we recommend our sister company Nordic Star for these.

What happens next?

If you’d like to participate in this surveillance scheme, download an order form, complete this and return it to us by email to

Order Form

Please discuss all BVD testing decisions with your vet. Once we’ve received the form, we’ll schedule the testing for your bulk milk samples on a quarterly basis. The blood samples should be sent to us as soon as possible using this blood submission form. The status of your surveillance can be viewed on Herd Companion at any time.