BVDFree Status

When will my herd be recognised as BVDFree?

Once registered with BVDFree England, herd status will be assigned after two years of testing under the scheme.

If testing individual animals for virus, these results will be uploaded and then visible and searchable on the database straight away.

BVD accredited under a CHeCS Scheme?

The BVDFree England Scheme is a one-stop platform to demonstrate your CHeCS BVD accreditation.

Registration onto the BVDFree scheme is separate to membership with cattle health schemes, therefore you should sign up individually.

Join the BVDFree Scheme


CHeCS BVD accreditation is recognised by BVDFree as the highest herd status available, indicating that potential customers can buy with a higher level of confidence.

BVDFree Herd Status

BVDFree Not Registered

If upon entering a CPH number into the searchable database the ‘Not Registered’ herd status appears, this means the holding has not yet been registered with the BVDFree scheme.

BVDFree Registered

A Registered Herd is the status applied to herds:

  • that are testing but have not yet acquired 2 consecutive years of negative test results
  • that have tested for BVD and shown signs of exposure to the disease
  • where the test result has expired OR positive results have subsequently been found
  • which have never tested for BVD

BVDFree recommends that ‘BVDFree Test Negative’ herds should not bring any animals from a BVDFree Registered herd on to their farm unless they have individually been tested and found negative for BVD virus.

If your herd has been given a ‘Registered’ status by BVDFree following 2 years of testing for BVD, this is an indication that your herd may have been exposed to the BVD virus. You may have PI animals present in your herd, therefore further work is required to find and remove any persistently infected animals that may be present.

BVDFree Test Negative Herd Status

Herds that have completed 2 consecutive years of testing, under the scheme, can be assigned a BVDFree Test Negative Herd Status. When the lab has uploaded the results to the database, the farmer and their vet can submit an application to BVDFree to request a Test Negative Herd Status, based on the results of the samples submitted, previous results and any further information requested.

The vet must have completed the BCVA accredited BVDFree scheme advisor online training.

More information on the training can be found on the BCVA website (BVDV and BVDFree Scheme Training)

You can check if your vet has completed the training via the list of people who have completed the BVCA training

To qualify for this status, all calves born within the herd during the last two years must have been tested for BVD virus with entirely negative results OR check (antibody) testing of each separately managed group of youngstock, aged 9-18 months, must have been completed each year with no seroconversion detected.

Veterinary advice must also have been given on how to prevent new BVD infection entering the herd.

Next Steps

A BVDFree Test Negative Herd Status is good news; however, it provides only a ‘snapshot’ and the risks remain of breaking down with BVD unless biosecurity is also considered.

To reach the highest health status, BVDFree encourages all herds that have achieved the Test Negative Herd Status to consider joining a CHeCS accredited health scheme, which takes a robust approach to biosecurity on farm to prevent future infection with BVD.

In order to retain this status, it is necessary to continue to monitor your herd, through annual check tests or testing all new born calves for the BVD virus.

Can a herd status be changed?

Yes – a veterinary surgeon and a laboratory can make the case to BVDFree to support a request to change a herd status for a client from Registered to Test Negative, subject to certain conditions.

Check the BVDFree database to ensure you have an accurate and up to date status. If you need help in obtaining a herd status please consult your vet or laboratory, or the BVDFree helpdesk. If you have a PI in your herd you will automatically receive a ‘BVDFree Registered’ herd status. Your herd status must be updated annually.