There are a couple of terms that often cause confusion in the dairy industry - Fertility and Reproduction. These two terms are often used interchangeably as if they have the same meaning, however that is not the case.
What can we see from the 2016 to 2018 spring mating data*, between 7% and 11% of all herds nationally doing all AB?
It can be easy to get caught up in analysing your own results but it is good to know how others are doing to get a true gauge of performance.
In any business, it can be difficult knowing where to invest so that you will get the most bang for your buck.
When comparing your herd’s reproductive performance across years, or with your neighbour, you need to compare apples with apples.
Every year once the pregnancy test results are in we often hear “empty rates are up this year” and “empty rates are way higher than they used to be”. The question is – are these statements true?
Herds milked once-a-day (OAD) for the whole season tend to have better reproductive performance than herds milked twice-a-day (TAD) for the whole season.
Maximise your herd’s reproductive performance, boost productivity and increase profitability by getting your cows in-calf early.
We often get questions along the lines of “Do high BW cows get in-calf well?”, “Can high producing cows still get in-calf well?”, and “Will making culling decisions based on indexes harm my herds mating results?”
Assess how your farm is performing by measuring how you’re going in eight key management areas.
Good reproductive performance comes down to how well you manage your animals throughout the season and across their lifetime.
Understanding a calf’s gestation length can be important for herd management practices such as spring feed budgeting.
Get your animals in the right shape for calving by starting your BCS strategy in early summer.
Switch to all artificial breeding (AB) for the whole mating period and get the similar results for less.
Learn how cows become non-cyclers, how to identify them and what you can do to reduce their numbers in your herd.
Get the right amount of good quality colostrum into your calves and kickstart their long-term health.
Manage reproduction throughout the year – our Reproduction calendar helps you work out what to do, and when.
Calculate when pregnancy tests needs to happen so you get early aged results with our 'When to scan’ calculator.
Before making your bull buying or leasing decisions, make sure the boys that you’re looking at tick off everything on this checklist to help ensure a successful natural mating period.
As pregnancy data is starting to come in now, you might be starting to look at your results on the Fertility Focus Report and/or MINDA®LIVE.
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