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15th December, 2017

Scanning cows reveals the cause of a shattered hip

Scanned a suckler herd outside Kilgarvan, Co. Kerry, where a client wanted pregnancies aged and sexed if possible. The pregnancies ranged in age from 100 to 230 days. He wanted 1 cow which was disabled with a shattered hip scanned for pregnancy status as he did not wish to euthanize the cow if she was pregnant. It transpired that the cow was pregnant. [U.S.A.R.T.] revealed that the animal was on heat 6 days previously, which the client agreed with. The client presumed that the cow had shown a heat on the previous Saturday. This supports the use of U.S.A.R.T. for herd management or for basic pregnancy diagnosis.