Reproduction Interventions and Planning
Good reproductive performance plays a pivotal role in any herd, whether it be dairy or beef. At The Vet Group we cover all aspects of reproductive management, from data collection and record keeping to development of mating programs and investigations of poor reproductive performance. We take pride in having the skill required to pregnancy test, both manually and with ultrasound, and recognise that you deserve reliable and accurate diagnoses. Our large team of accredited pregnancy testers is able to deliver this as well as the more advanced skills of foetal sexing, embryo transfer and bull breeding soundness examinations
Any cow that has twins; dead calf; milk fever or retained membranes eight hours after calving is at risk of developing infection in her uterus. Improve your herd’s conception rate by checking and treating infection in your at-risk cows 4 weeks prior to planned start of mating.
Non-cycling cow programs
Non-cycling cows are those that don’t show oestrus (aka. non-visible oestrus or NVOs). Back in 2011, The Australian In Calf fertility data project showed that cows calved 9-12 weeks before planned start of mating (PSM) have a 40% better in calf rate compared to cows calving 3 weeks before PSM. Call us now to help deliver a well planned non-cycling cow treatment plan to improve your herd’s fertility.
Herd synchrony programs
We offer advice on synchrony programmes that can aid mating management and transition management at calving.
If you are relying on bull power to bring home your mating, you need bulls that are sound in the feet and able to consistently deliver high-quality semen. We offer:
- premating assessments of your bull team
- testing and evaluation of semen
- vaccination programs for protection against vibriosis and Pestivirus
- preventative hoof blocking
Pregnancy testing and diagnosis
Knowledge is power. To protect and plan effective strategies for your next season we offer accurate manual and ultrasound scanning pregnancy test services. We have dairy data service facilities.
Ultrasound has proven to be a very valuable tool for the reproductive management of cattle and now foetal sexing is possible. Foetal sexing can be performed using a handheld ultrasound between 9 and 14 weeks (55 and 100 days) in-calf with the accuracy of skilled operators being greater than 95% (and in most cases closer to 99%).
The Vet Group provides an Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) accredited embryo transfer service for on-farm collection, storage and re-insertion of bovine embryos. We deal with fresh and frozen embryos.