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14th December, 2017

Scanning cows reveals inaccurate recording of calving dates

On a farm visit in Co. Monaghan, we had another farm visit where calving dates uploaded from an existing database to my scanner revealed cows in calf greater than when cows calved. A bureaucratic system of payments for beef has encouraged farmers to delay registering their calves. In addition I have encountered delaying registration in order to enhance perceived growth performance figures and thereby win shows that enhance sale value.

It is essential to have accurate calving dates to enable better information to be generated for the management of herds.