Scanning Short-Horn cows reveals embryonic death associated with in-breeding
Visited a short-horn breeder outside Tipperary town where short-horn cows were presented for scanning. These animals had been previously presented and had reproductive problems. In a number of cases the same problems arose with embryonic death in the same animals. These were pedigree short horns and an analysis of their pedigrees revealed in-breeding. This may account for the level of infertility encountered. None of the associated problems were presented in the commercial suckler herd element of this client.