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18th March, 2018

Scanning cows reveals recipients for embryo transfer

Visited a Charolais breeder in Co. Limerick where we scanned a batch of heifers for an embryo transfer programme. 4 out of 10 of the potential recipients were on heat last Thursday and Friday, based on scanning. We have validated the use of scanning to determine the days since last heat to within 1 day of the first 5 days of the oestrous cycle. This is proven useful for assessment of recipients as surrogate mothers in an embryo transfer programme.