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24th May, 2019

Pregnancy scanning for foetal ageing

Visited a client in County Cavan who had purchased in calf beef heifers.  They were meant to calve in February based on a certificate of pregnancy diagnosis.  However, neither of the heifers had calved when I examined them.  They are now approximately 240 days leaving at least another month before they calve.  This is totally unacceptable for a suckler herd dependent on grass based milk production.  Pregnancy ageing using scanning can be done very accurately between 30 and 110 days of gestation.