It's unfair to make claims on heifers
Published 05/12/2012 | 06:00
I am a medium-sized dairy farmer who also finishes cattle. For this reason, I am a regular purchaser of cattle at the mart throughout the year.
Recently, I became aware of neighbouring farmers being sent outrageous claims many months after selling heifers to other farmers and dealers.
It struck me that all the claimants were very experienced cattle buyers whom I see regularly at the ringside.
A recent Open Forum writer highlighted the importance to him of buying only heifers that were not in calf.
But if this is so important to him, why doesn't he get a vet to pregnancy test his heifers as soon as they are purchased?
The cost of the vet's visit and medicine for one heifer would be about €60.
Indeed, on a good number of animals the cost would be only a fraction of the €60/hd.
The writer also stated that he has to keep the pregnant heifer separate in order to give it special attention.