Visited a Brisith Friesian farm in Thurles Co Tipperary today. Pre breed scan using Ultrasonography. This herd of 60 milking cows with 90% of them calved in excess of 30 days had an excellent reproductive status. This could be associated wth the fact that all cows scanned had no feet or uterine infections, ovarian cysts and only 1 cow was not cycling. This British Friesian herd has a genetic potential for 6,000 litres of milk and to meet the metabolic load. Body Condition score of cows was above 2.5 for over 80% of the cows.
Dr Dan Ryan