Elderberry Herd Health
Herd accredited free of BVD since 2008 (last test Dec 2020)
Herd accredited free of IBR since 2013 (last test Dec 2020)
Herd Lepto monitored free since 2013 (last test Dec 2020)
Herd Johnes Risk Level 1 (accredited) since 2013 (last test Dec 2020)
4 yearly TB testing (last test Jan 2020)
Monitoring for Neospora
Stringent biosecurity and isolation.
We are in a 4-yearly testing area for TB with the last test being Jan 2020 and was all clear. The Elderberry Herd has never had a TB reactor.
IBR and Lepto.
Our 2005 crop of heifers were tested clear of IBR and Lepto. Since then further runs of tests have been carried out on young stock at 9-12 months old including all heifers to be kept for breeding and all have been negative.
Following whole herd testing the herd is ACCREDITED for IBR and MONITORED FREE of Lepto.
This has been held with clear tests summer 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 then winter 2020
Initial tests for BVD in 2007 and again 2008 all proved negative and accreditation status was granted to the herd in December 2008. A vaccination program to safeguard our stock is in place, with further annual testing of pre-vaccinated youngstock conducted to maintain accreditation status. Last routine youngstock test was December 2020.
Selective testing in our best breeding lines for Neospora was carried out in November 2008 with all negative results. Further testing has been carried out including practically the whole herd (depending on pregnancy status) which were tested in summer 2014 with all negative results. Last Neospora testing done Dec 2020.
This is something we will continue to monitor and we look to test all imported females for Neospora before entering the farm/herd.
We take herd health very seriously at Elderberry and are very proud of our health status, which is the result of a lot of hard work and diligence.