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Common tasks quick guide

Viewing individual sample results
Within the BVD test table clicking the plus sign on the left of each row will load the test sample results into a sub-table.

Printing or Exporting data to a csv/Excel file
To download data to an Excelfile click the document icon   

Searching for test results
Clicking the magnifying glass icon    allows for a detailed search of the test data. Explained in more detail here.

BVD categories

Each holding and animal tested is assigned a BVD category according to the logic table below.
Individual BVD status of cattle
Category BVD status Movement restrictions Biosecurity recommendations
1 Negative None Beware Trojan cows!
Test calves born, conceived prior to arrival
2 Negative/Assumed Negative
3 Not negative
(known as risky)

Must not move to another herd or market

If from a non-Scottish holding it must be tested for BVD within 40 days*

Isolate from breeding stock and individually test
4 BVD positive Cannot move to another herd or market. Can only go directly to an abattoir, or under an APHA licence in special circumstances.

Isolate and retest

Move directly to slaughter

0 Untested None Individually test
*some Northern Irish and CHeCS cattle may be exempt due to previous testing
Herd BVD status
Category BVD status Description Impact on animal movements to other herds or a livestock market
0 Non-breeding Keeper is non-breeding (no calves registered in past 12 month) or has declared that the herd is non‑breeding None
1 Certified Negative The herd is CHeCS accredited as BVD Negative. Can move anywhere. Testing is optional.
2 Screened Negative The herd is Screened Negative, either by testing all calves, all animals or by check testing young stock. Can move anywhere. Testing is optional.
3 Not negative
    The herd has either:
  • Shown evidence of exposure to BVD
  • Allowed their status to expire
  • Has not completed testing
  • Been downgraded
Cattle that don't have an individual BVD Negative or Assumed Negative status must be tested prior to move.
4 Positive Herd includes one or more persistently infected (PI) animals. Cattle that don't have an individual BVD Negative or Assumed Negative status must be tested prior to move.
Trojan cow means a pregnant female with an individual BVD Negative status that is carrying a PI calf. This happens when an unprotected female is infected with BVD in the first 120 days of pregnancy. There is no way to test the unborn calf. The best advice is to individually test the calf for virus (antigen) as soon as possible after birth. Where a pregnant female might have been exposed to infection at the critical time, you should calve her in isolation and BVD test the calf as soon as possible.

BVD Table Layout

The BVD tests table is shown below.
Each test occupies a single row in the main BVD table. For each test the individual sample results may be viewed as a subtable (as shown in the screen shot). BVD tests screenshot

Data & Data Columns

Any column can be sorted by clicking on the appropriate header
Hovering the mouse over a column or clicking the      icon will often reveal more details.

Warnings are highlighted with a      icon and errors are flagged with a      icon. Hovering the mouse pointer above the icons will give a description of the warning/error. Laboratories will be able to login and correct these problems.

BVD tests (Main table)

Samples: The samples column lists the number of samples taken within each test. To view the individual samples click the icon to open a sub-table of the individual results Category: This is the holding category which is calculated based on the overall result assigned by the lab and whether the herd belongs to a CHeCS health scheme. Hovering the mouse above each category will show the category description.
Test Holding: The County/parish?holding number for the location on which this test was conducted. Clicking on the holding will show further details.
CHeCS: Indicated whether this holding is part of a CHeCS health scheme
Result: This is the overall herd result assigned to the holding by the testing lab. This should be either negative, not-negative or pending. "Milk" indicates the sample was taken by a milk monitor. "Farmer" indicates that the sample was taken by the farmer.
Date: Date on which the test was conducted.
Vet Postcode: Postcode for the vet practice which conducted the test. Clicking on this will open a search of the RCVS website on a new page.
Lab Ref.: This is the reference for the test used by the testing laboratory.
Keeper: Keeper's name. Hovering the mouse cursor above this field will display the full contents.
Postcode: Keeper's postcode
Address: Keeper's address. Hovering the mouse cursor above this field will display the full contents.

Individual Sample results (Sub-table)

Category: This is the individual animal category which is calculated based on the holding category and the individual test result.
Animal: This is the animal identity. If the animal number has been entered incorrectly it will often be flagged as an error. If the animal is not in the cattle register this will be highlighted. If the animal has been born recently this is no cause for concern
Interp.: The interpretation of the sample test result.
Test: The sample test type. Either antibody or antigen.
Date: Sample analysis date.
Sample ID: The sample ID used by the testing laboratory.
Type: Sample type. Could be blood, tissue, milk or mixed.
Pooled: Indicates if the sample was part of a pooled test.

Table footer options

The main table and sub-table(s) have a footer which contains various options as detailed below:
    Make corrections to the selected row. Explained in more detail here
    Exports the data in the table to a csv/excel file
    Search the data in the current table. Explained in more detail here
    Reloads the table data
  Export Page Exports the batches on the current page to a csv/Excel file
    This is the navigation bar for paging through the table data

Searching for Data

     will open the search dialog as shown below:
Search dialog screenshot
The search dialog allows the data in the table to be filtered by customised search criteria. For instance in the picture above the data has been filtered to show only the holdings screen negative for BVD in the "IV" postcode area
1 The column to search on can be selected here
2 The search operator may be selected here such as greater, less than, equals etc. The search operators available will change according to the column selected.
3 The value on which the search should be based
4 Clicking will add an extra search field. Clicking will remove the related search field
5 Find Clicking this will start the search
6 Set whether results should be returned only when ALL the search criteria have been met or where ANY of the search criteria is correct
7 Reset Clicking this will clear the search criteria

Data Errors

If you notice an error in the database please contact your testing laboratory or the ScotEID help desk

The database automatically checks the data as far as possible to identify errors. Warnings are highlighted with a      icon and errors are flagged with a      icon. Hovering the mouse pointer above the icons will give a description of the warning/error.