Action now can increase the cow's chances of getting in calf
Published 02/03/2016 | 02:30
We are right in the middle of the busy calving season and for a lot of farmers, getting cows back in calf will not even be on their mind for at least another six weeks.
However, a little bit of work now could make all the difference when the mating season starts.
It is vital to keep accurate records as each cow calves.
Simply writing down if a heifer had a difficult calving, or if a cow retained the after birth, will allow you to get these cows checked before the start of the mating season.
Your vet can scan these cows two weeks before AI begins and treat any infection or issue that has arisen.
Similarly, any cow that is seen bulling should be recorded from now on.
Any cow that has not had a normal heat can be scanned before AI begins. Uterine infections, cysts and non-functioning ovaries can all be detected and treated by your vet.