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17th February, 2019

Scanning weanling beef heifers prior to sale

Visited a suckler farmer outside Clogheen, Co. Tipperary. This client presented a group of weanling heifers to assess reproductive status prior to sale. It transpired that just 2 animals out of 15 were either cycling or in calf. Normally farmers would inject maiden heifers prior to sale. However, this approach is often wasteful and ineffective if the animals are at the wrong stage of the oestrus cycle or greater than 70 days pregnant.