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23rd February, 2019

Scanning cows reveals low pregnancy in a dairy herd

Visited a dairy farm in County Kildare, where pregnancy rate in a group of reproductively sound cows was assessed using ultrasonography to exam the reproductive tract. This was below 10%. A stock bull ran with the cows for 7 weeks this enabled me to determine the pregnancy of cows served 32 to 40 days previously. The client would then move on the stock bull. However, a target body condition score below that considered acceptable. A herd health profile revealed I.B.R. and liver fluke infection in the herd. The later would partially explain the poor body condition score and pregnancy rate encountered.