Rules apply, consult CHeCS Technical Document.
As we learn more about Herd Health the benefits of participation in an accredited Herd Health Scheme become even clearer.
The CHeCs accredited Limo Leader Scheme is now entering into its third year with a number of herds qualifying for accreditation status. The benefit to members and customers has been enormous.
Testing is carried out, at very competitive rates, by IML/Enfer in Naas for scheme members. Blood samples are taken in general during a herd’s annual TB test (before the TB jab with one blood bottle covering all diseases being tested for). Herds can use the AHI BVD tags for BVD screening provided a full herd BVD blood screen is done in year one. CHeCs requires blood sampling for BVD in year one to provide a definitive base for your herd, thereafter members can use the new AHI tags for new born calves to achieve accreditation.
Johnes and BVD remain the most important diseases for the accreditation of breeding stock.
BVD Virus has only to be tested for once in an animal’s life, if it is a PI it will always be a PI and if it is not a PI it will never become one. PIs cause the spread of BVD.
Any calves born from the first of January 2013 must have tested negative for BVD virus to be allowed to be sold live either through a mart or farm to farm. The result of this test must be up on the Dept AIMS / ICBF system (as for TB test status) at the time of sale.
To BVD virus test a calf a number of options exist:
- Use the new AHI tags and send the tissue sample to one of the listed approved labs. The tag costs between 60 cent and one euro more than the normal tag depending on volume. The test cost ranges between 4 and 5 euro depending on the lab. As at printing Enfer in Naas were the cheapest lab. In addition Enfer offer a discounted rate to Limo Leader members, based on prepay, of three euro 40 cent. Enfer will pick up this rate automatically from a scheme members ID number.
- The lab sends the result to the Dept AIMS / ICBF who will issue a text to the farmer, this process only completes if the calf has been registered with the Dept/ICBF through animal events.
- ICBF can issue a herd print out for each farmer which can be sent into Limo Leader for accreditation purposes.
- Use the old type tags and insert a separate button tag for BVD testing. When the results come back the onus is on the farmer and his vet to have the Dept AIMS / ICBF system updated.
- Blood test the animal. Again the onus is on the farmer and his vet to have the Dept AIMS / ICBF system updated. Also blood sampling can be problematic with young calves. Tissue testing can give rise to false positives if there has been recent vaccination within a herd. Blood testing is a very useful back up in this regard.
Johnes disease is spread principally by contact with faeces from infected animals. Johnes is a bacteria that rests in an animals gut, and when active it hardens the gut wall preventing nutrient absorption and sheds in the animals faeces.
Any animal coming in contact with infected faeces may become infected with Johnes, the greatest risk is to young animals and a dams progeny.
Johnes control requires annual testing of all animals over two years of age. Due to the nature of the disease a herd can never guarantee Johnes free status, the best assurance is accredited low risk and this can only be achieved by annually testing all animals over two years in age.
IBR testing is very useful for breeders with potential AI Sires or those intending to participate in the Gene Ireland Bull Breeder programme.
If Leptospirosis is a concern probably the best control is vaccination.
IML/Enfer can also test for Neospora and Salmonella for members (but not yet as part of an accredited programme).
Neospora is a parasite that causes abortions in cattle, it is spread by dogs and foxes.
The aim of Limo Leader is to offer breeders
An effective herd health scheme.
Disease monitoring and testing at competitive prices.
Herd health accreditation