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Archive for January, 2020

Superovulation and embryo transfer in decline with pedigree beef cattle.

Posted on 29 Jan 2020 | 0 Comments

On calls in County Clare today, reveal pedigree Charolais and Limousin breeders presenting cattle for reproductive assessment. These breeders would traditionally have cattle presented for assessment for superovulation and embryo transfers programmes from months of November through March each year. Discussions with breeders here in County Clare revealed that sale prices of pedigree stock do […]

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***Colostrum feeding by bottle or tube feeding***

Posted on 28 Jan 2020 | 0 Comments

Colostrum fed by bottle is preferable in that the suckling effect activates the esophageal groove and ensures the colostrum gets into the correct stomach being the abomasum and not the rumen. When calves are stomach tubed the colostrum goes into the rumen which reduces the ability of the calf to absorb immunoglobulins. Therefor the second […]

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Calves need colostrum but it must be of excellent quality to ensure future health and survivability.

Posted on 24 Jan 2020 | 0 Comments

A major problem with dry cow fresh cow transition management is the ultimate quality of the colostrum produced by the cow immediately after calving. This can be of inferior quality because of the cow during the dry cow transition phase. A simple procedure would be to use a refractometer which uses small sample of colostrum. […]

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*** Powder milk vs whole milk ***

Posted on 24 Jan 2020 | 0 Comments

  The price of powder milk has gone up by over €60 per tonne – this has egged the question as to weather we use powder milk or whole milk for rearing calves. In my opinion, the risk of Johne’s infection by feeding whole milk to calves places a major question on the use of […]

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Identifying twins in cows proves very beneficial

Posted on 23 Jan 2020 | 0 Comments

On a farm visit to Flan Enright in Ballynacally Co Clare. Flan informed me that we had identified 6 cows carrying twins in his herd of 40 suckler cows last year. All cows carrying twins had twins. The fact that he used ScanSmart from ReproDoc ensured that he had accurate aging of pregnancies and accurate […]

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Farm fragmentation on marginal land strict opportunity for strict grass based milk production on Co Leitrim.

Posted on 23 Jan 2020 | 0 Comments

Dairy farms in the Leitrim region have both grass-based winter milk production systems. They focus on Holstein dairy cows with genetic strain focused on high volumes of milk production with genetic component delivering on high solid production. Farm fragmentation and marginal soil types with relatively high rainfall and longer winters lend themselves to a year […]

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Heat detection systems involving activity monitoring can be unreliable

Posted on 23 Jan 2020 | 0 Comments

On a farm call outside Newry where a dairy farmer presented cows for SmartScan evaluation of reproductive performance. SmartScan revealed the following; Cows which had been inseminated while pregnant Cows inseminated at a time other than been in heat Cows been inseminated when they were not cycling or unfit for insemination This farm was using […]

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Pre-breed scanning is essential with the conjunction of sexed semen in maiden heifers

Posted on 23 Jan 2020 | 0 Comments

On calls here in Co Antrim today where clients are presenting maiden heifers with the possibility of using sexed semen. A pre-breed scan on maiden heifers on one farm identified significant reproductive problems which rendered these animals as group unfit for use of sexed semen. Some of the heifers were cycling but because of the […]

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High Somatic Cell Count can cause both severe mental health stress and financial stress in dairy herd

Posted on 20 Jan 2020 | 0 Comments

On a call in Co Clare, visiting a client with small dairy herd of 35 cows where he informed me that in the previous 20 years, he never had problem with cell count. Last year, he had to cull 16 cows from the dairy herd because of high somatic cell count. This created a situation […]

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Identifying twins in cows proves very beneficial

Posted on 20 Jan 2020 | 0 Comments

On a farm visit to Flan Enright in Ballynacally Co Clare. Flan informed me that we had identified 6 cows carrying twins in his herd of 40 suckler cows last year. All cows carrying twins had twins. The fact that he used ScanSmart from ReproDoc ensured that he had accurate aging of pregnancies and accurate […]

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