A thorough dairy reproduction plan being used by our company is delivering excellent results.
With rises in the pay-out more than ever, it pays to have as many cows in calf as early as possible. As well as making sure cows reach their optimal body condition score (BCS) targets next season (See Story page 2), opting for a more intensive approach in the run up to mating will pay off, quite literally, dividends.
The following six-step plan yields excellent results:
By the third week of mating, following this plan, submission rate will be close to 100%.
Results from this season’s pregnancy testing are already demonstrating phenomenal results, with some farms achieving double figure improvements in their six week in calf rates and as much as 5% reduction in not in calf rates.
It’s important to remember though that the details are key, making sure feed levels/macro minerals are adequate throughout the calving/mating period, heat detection is spot on and timing of insemination is accurate! These are the core elements to successful mating together with consistency; cows don’t like change!
To discuss how this dairy reproduction plan can work on your farm, get in touch with your vet today!