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15th December, 2017

TIPS FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE 2014

Dan Scanning1. Identify cows not yet detected in heat and get them scanned to address underlying reasons for failure to have these cows bred.

2. The latter will be more difficult when using natural service as the sole method of breeding for the herd.  Suggest having the herd scanned six weeks into the breeding programme.  ScanMan technology will give you an accurate assessment at this stage of the fertility of your bull and infertility problems in your cows.

3. Avoid cutting your grass into “sawdust” with modern precision type machines which facilitate easier transport of grass but does not recognise the need for correct nutritional management during the transition period.

4. Scanning cows with ScanMan will enable early non-pregnancy diagnosis reducing days open and associated with missed heats and embryonic deaths.

5. There is a high risk period for embryonic death prior to implantation at day 34 of pregnancy.  Embryonic deaths can result in failure to return to heat for up to nine weeks.  In seasonal breeding programmes these cows are effectively culled.  Avoid this situation by scanning for accurate identify of cows with embryonic death.

6. Up to 10% of pregnant cows will show heat while pregnant.  In addition, up to 15% of cows are AI’d when not in heat.  AI in these cows can cause either embryonic deaths or uterine infections.  Use ScanMan technology to avoid these problems.