Signs dairy cows are on heat

Understanding the importance of Heat Detection

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Understanding the importance of Heat Detection

Pregnancy drives economics for dairy farmers, so having a heat detection plan is critical. As a specialist in reproductive efficiency, Dr Ky Pohler, Assistant Professor Texas A&M University is interested in helping farmers increase fertility by decreasing pregnancy loss.

The research has shown that in dairy cattle, following initial conception (on average 80%), up to 30% of the pregnancies are lost in the early embryonic period (P1) (first pregnancy exam). There is then a further 12% loss as late embryoni…

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Weighing up your heat detection options

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There are a number of tools and technologies now available to help dairy farmers optimize heat detection.

Boyd Dingus, general manager for ESTROTECT, says deciding which combination of heat detection aids to use is a matter of weighing up each tool’s effectiveness, its cost versus benefit, and ease of use.


Tail Paint

Tail paint is inexpensive and has been used as a heat detection aid for decades. The effectiveness of tail paint can be hit and miss as it is never applied in a consistent way.

“Two people could go out and apply tail paint, and you’d …

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3 reasons you shouldn’t settle for tail paint

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Sponsored content created and provided by Boyd Dingus, general manager for ESTROTECT

You might be using tail paint in your breeding program for several reasons.

“It’s cheap.”

“It’s what I’ve always done”

Or maybe, “It’s what my A.I. company prefers.”

Sure, tail paint is better than doing nothing, but that doesn’t make it the best option. Tail paint falls short in a few critical areas – areas that may seem small until you add up their financial impact.

Here are 3 reasons you shouldn’t settle for tail paint:
   1. Tail paint is never ap…

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On Farm Liquid Nitrogen Unit Management

On Farm Tank Management Guidelines

Liquid Nitrogen is a dangerous good and needs to be handled and stored carefully.

Your unit will have a MSDS attached (material safety data sheet).  You should take the time to read it.   If you are not able to locate the MSDS please contact CRV Ambreed Customer Services on 0800 262 733.

 As the customer, you are responsible for managing this unit on your farm.

While designed to be sturdy and dependable, liquid nitrogen units are a little more fragile than they appear. They require regular care and attention to ensure the…

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Accurate heat detection is critical to the success of artificial insemination.

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CRV Estrotect™ heat detectors are proven to be effective and now they’re an even better heat detection aid for dairy farmers.

They’ve long held a reputation amongst dairy farmers as the best heat detection product on the market, and to make heat detection even more accurate, a new ‘Breeding Patch’ has been introduced.

The indicator makes it clearer if the cow is on heat and ready to breed. Once half the patch has been rubbed, farmers can be confident that the cow is cycling and ready for insemination.

The new Breeding Patch development came about after input f…

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