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23rd February, 2019

Scanning heifers to ensure a non-pregnancy state

Visited a farm in Co. Tipperary where two men were waiting for me when I got to the yard. They had a batch of Limousin cross Friesian heifers for scanning. I innocently asked how long were they running with a stock bull. It transpired that a Charolais bull belonging to the other man broke into the heifers, and they wanted none of them to be in calf. The heifers were for sale and they did not want the risk of a financial cost associated with a pregnant heifer being returned. One of the heifers was 115 days pregnant with a bull calf. Both men were happy that their concerns were verified and that only 1 animal was pregnant.