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23rd February, 2019

Scanning suckler cows reveals negative impact of poor nutrition last Summer

On a farm visit outside Kells, Co. Meath a client presented a suckler herd which he was failing to detect heats. The major underlying problem with the herd was last September and October the cows had insufficient body condition prior to calving and subsequently went into deep anoestrus. At this stage, they were just in the recovery phase based on USART (ultrasonographic assessment of the reproductive tract). Using this procedure we were able to determine the recovery phase of animals following a period of chronic stress. The client is now able to manage the cows, to induce oestrus with the aid of calf removal. In reality, it is essential that PHMP (preventative health management programme) is put in place with proper nutrition to enable the resumption of normal uterine involution.