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23rd February, 2019

Scanning Cows Shows Embryonic Death Caused By Cows Consuming Silage Contaminated With Moulds

Visited a Pedigree Angus Breeder in County Cavan. The client presented suckler cows grouped in 2 different pens for reproductive assessment by scanning. In 1 pen 2 cows bred on the 26/03, underwent embryonic death on day 35 after service. The farmer acknowledged that he had fed this pen of cows a bale of silage contaminated with moulds. He removed the bale as the cows did not wish to eat it. When a cow has a poor appetite for this event occurred on the day when embryonic death was pinpointed using scanning. In my opinion mycotoxins from the bale of silage caused embryonic death.