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Beef Blood Sampling Initiative

Knowing the disease status of your herd is vital to prevent infectious disease & maximising profits

An easy way of establishing whether certain infectious diseases are circulating on your farm is to blood test a small group of youngstock.


We would recommend sampling 6 animals from your farm, these must be:


  • Home bred
  • Unvaccinated
  • 6-15 months of age


If animals from this cohort are blood sampled and the results indicate that antibodies to diseases are present, then it is likely that there is disease circulating on your farm.

What we look for:

  • BVD (Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus)
  • IBR (Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis)
  • Leptospirosis

This testing costs only £15 (ex VAT) and this includes a written report summarising the results. This service has been kindly subsidised by MSD.

If you are interested in taking part in the Beef Check initiative, please let your Vet/TB tester know and this can be carried out on day 2 of your TB test.

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