Herd Health

At Chapelton we strive to produce cattle of high quality, high performance, and superior health.  We firmly believe that these characteristics are intertwined and that healthier cattle are more profitable cattle. 

We are members of the SAC Premium Cattle Health Scheme (PCHS).  The Scheme is organised and supervised by Veterinary Services of the Scottish Agricultural College in partnership with practising veterinary surgeons. 

Cattle entered for the Stirling and Carlisle sales are routinely tested for BVD, Leptospirosis and IBR prior to leaving the farm.  For our customer’s protection and reassurance, sale cattle are then vaccinated for BVD, Leptospirosis, and IBR (with a marker vaccine).

We are happy to undertake export qualifying tests for overseas clients if required.

Johne’s Disease – Risk Level One.

We are close to a decade of clear Johne’s tests for our pedigree Angus and Shorthorn herds.

We have also achieved Johne’s risk level one in our commercial cross-bred herd.

Every adult animal in both the pedigree and commercial herds is tested annually for Johne’s.


All breeding females in the Chapelton pedigree and commercial herds have been BVD vaccinated for over a decade and each year we test the calf crop to check for the presence of antibodies.  Each sale animal is vaccinated for the protection and confidence of our customers.

In 2017 some antibody positive calves were detected in our separate commercial herd.  No antibody positive results have been detected in our pedigree cattle which reside on a separate property.

We undertook to test all calves born in 2018 and found no virus or antibody positive results.  We are now Scottish Government Negative and should regain CHECS Accreditation after checking calves born in Spring 2018.  In the meantime, all sale animals will continue to be tested and vaccinated prior to sale.

IBR – Herd Vaccinating

All sale animals are tested for IBR and the results declared.

All recent tests for IBR on our pedigree cows have proved negative.


The Chapelton herds are in a four-yearly testing area for TB.  Our most recent test was carried out in December 2014.  This test was successfully completed with no TB recorded.

The authorities have judged our risk-level to be negligible because of our closed-herd policy.  For this reason, we were exempted from the requirement to carry out a test in 2018.