A low-cost scheme which monitors for Maedi Visna (MV) has been designed and launched with commercial sheep flocks in mind.
The MV Monitored-Free Sheep Health Scheme has been designed by Axiom Veterinary Laboratories.
It will involve blood sampling carried out on a proportion of the flock, to give a ’95 per cent confidence’ that the flock is either free from MV or it is at less than a 5 per cent level.
Catriona Ritchie, a farm vet at Axiom Veterinary Laboratories, says: “Scheme membership is likely to appeal to commercial type flocks that are selling breeding female replacements as well as those who wish to monitor their flock to detect any early incursion of infection so that control measures can be put in place before the economic impact occurs.”
Flocks will be given MV monitored free status following a clear screen test. Testing will be required on an annual basis and the number of years that the flock has tested as clear will be shown on the flock health declaration.
It is a lower tier scheme than the MV accreditation scheme so sheep with MV monitored free status cannot enter MV accredited sections at shows or sales.
The annual membership fee is £45 plus VAT and the cost of each MV test is £3.50 plus VAT.