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HOW TO CREATE 10.5 MORE PREGNANCIES PER 100 COWS PER YEAR

 

"When calvings drive milk income, and each missed heat costs you 21 lost days, this can be serious." Vet Owen Tunney

 dairy cows and vets

  • Owen Tunney from Willows Farm Vets in Cheshire, is one of the country's foremost specialists in herd fertility

  • Owen has carried out a study of early intervention fertility management with Richard Pilkington at Aintree Holsteins, Shordley Hall

  • "Despite a well-trained, observant workforce and sophisticated 24-7 detection aids that monitor cow activity and rumination, heats can be missed because no outward signs are expressed,"

  • Compared with herd fertility before this early intervention programme began, he observes that the results offer potential to create 10.5 more pregnancies per 100 cows per year

  • For Richard Pilkington, the study has created confidence that cows can be served by fixed time AI following oestrus synchronisation, without observed signs of oestrus

  

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