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Routine Fertility Visits and Scanning

Year round calving herds

Herds that calve year round should have a regular routine visit with a farm vet to help identify and find solutions to problems as they arise on the farm. The routine visit does not simply involve pregnancy diagnosis (PDs) of cows, but helps the vet to assess the suitability for breeding, fertility treatment programs, nutritional status, lameness control and management decisions which affect the individual cow and the herd as a whole.

Main areas of focus during routine fertility visits:

  • Record keeping and setting targets
  • Heat detection
  • Condition scoring
  • Disease monitoring (IBR/BVD/Leptospirosis/Liver Fluke/Johnes/Salmonella/Neospora)
  • Checking cows are clean after calving
  • Scanning cows for pregnancy and ovarian function
  • Treating cows not seen bulling, including cows not in calf
  • Heifer breeding

Seasonal calving herds

Herds that have seasonal calving patterns have to have a clear structure to their breeding program and veterinary involvement. All efforts must be focused on the start of the breeding season. From the day the cow dries off, the peri-parturient period and the run up to breeding, the health status of the herd needs to be monitored and adjusted to ensure every cow is in optimum condition to be bred atthe start of the breeding season.

Main areas of veterinary involvement:

  • Check condition score and health status of dry cows
  • Post natal checks to ensure cows are cycling and clean
  • Monitor condition of fresh cows
  • Check herd disease status
  • Synchronise heifers for breeding
  • Treat cows that have not been seen bulling
  • Pregnancy diagnosis