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AN industry-led cattle health programme to evaluate risk and recognise farmers who step up their herd biosecurity to help control bovine TB was officially launched on November 28. Run by Cattle Health Certification Standards (CHeCS), the scheme requires vets and cattle owners to work together on a number of biosecurity measures that have already been implemented successfully in five other CHeCS cattle disease control programmes.
The CHeCS Bovine TB Herd Accreditation is a voluntary scheme that is intended to complement the Government's 25-year plan to eradicate bovine TB in England. CHeCS says that it will provide another tool to help farmers who want to show that they are following best practice. Under the scheme, a herd's ‘score’ will improve every year it is free from a bovine TB breakdown. The scoring system runs from …