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January 2012 - Posts

  • Recovery of AI straw from uterine horns

    Visited a client in County Derry. He had a cow that had been presented on a previous scanning visit, where an AI straw was placed deep in 1 of the uterine horns. I advised the client that this would leave the cow infertile. I advised him to have the cow on heat after my next visit, to have some hope of recovery of the AI straw. The cow was on heat today, and I managed to massage the AIstraw using guidance of ultrasonagraphy through the cervix. The client was astounded when I recovered the AI straw from the vagina. This news will travel far and wide around the farming community in Derry.
  • Jersey herd with rolling herd average of 10, 500 litres

    On a farm visit outside County Meath today. The client informed me that a Jersey herd in the locality has a rolling herd average of 10,500 litres with high milk solids. The cows on this farm are producing high volumes of milk with high solids in a winter milk production system. He received 50 cents a litre for his milk last September. He does not use new Zealand genetics, with a preference for English and Canadian Jersey genetics.
  • Infertility a serious financial burden on many farms.

    Our first call was to a client in County Monaghan. The client informed me that infertility in herds is a serious financial burden on many farms that this client has visited. With the implementation of a preventative health management programme in which our company is involved our aim is to prevent many of these infertility issues on farms. Scanning will be used as a preventative management tool in implementation of a PHMP.
  • Red Angus had excellent performance results based on scan

    On a farm visit outside Thurles today. I visited a farmer who had a herd of blonde d'aquaitaine and red angus cows. In his opinion the red angus cows had excellent maternal traits. Produced excellent calves, and had excellent reproductive performance based on the scan today. Dr Dan @ www.cows365.ie
  • Heifers failing to go in calf.

    Visited a client in County Kerry today. He presented a group of in calf heifers which had just returned from an outside farm. The heifers were all of an inadequate size. They had failed to go in calf early in the breeding season. These heifers were badly managed on the outside farm. This will have a consequential effects on longevity and milk production capacity. Dr Dan @ www.cows365.ie
  • lines of breeding within the Hereford breed

    On a scan visit to a pedigree Hereford breeder in north cork today. He informed me that he had just returned from north Dakota. He was informed that there are now lines of breeding within the Hereford breed with an average gestation period of 265 days. The calves have small birth weights which would also be beneficial to uterine repair post calving. These shorter gestation periods would have particular importance in grass based milk production, per compact calving as a pre-requisite in cost efficient milk production. Dr Dan @ www.cows365.ie
  • Heifers with lice had fertility problems

    On call visits to County Tipperary today heifers were scanned with fertility problems. On closer inspection of the herd and talking to the client, it became evident that lice was a major issue. Also in conjunction with lice, bulling of some heifers resulted in a pre pubertal stage being diagnosed. In conclusion diet was not an issue on this farm but health management of the herd was a major issue.
  • Dr. Dan’s Weekly Diary week ending January 17th 2012.

    SCANNING SUCKLER COWS IN RURAL IRELAND This week was very mild with grass growth rates in ordinarily high. I have noticed daffodils and snowdrops make a steady rise above the grass carpet on lawns at home. It is a pleasure to drive around the country without the fear of ice and snow. The rural potholes of Ireland are the greatest risk to travel. This is a form of “social discrimination” where city dwellers do not face such warzone obstacles. Farm calls this week covered the South of Ireland. The focus on winter milk production has declined with milk price for liquid milk less than that for manufacturing milk. Risk of superlevy has also placed pressure on farmers, whereby less focus is placed on autumn calving. With the superlevy year ending on the 31st of March, it is difficult to manage the autumn calving section when superlevy risks are high. Thankfully there has been on English and Northern Ireland markets for dairy cattle. Outside Cork the primary focus this week has been autumn calving suckler herds, and assessment of donors and recipients for embryo transfer programmes. Many suckler farmers are part-time farmers and we have to organise their calls around their work shifts. Thankfully, companies like Pfizer provide employment in Askeaton. Many farmers in rural areas of North Kerry and Limerick would not survive without this source off-farm income. The off-farm job has created social interaction centered around livestock. Our calls on Wednesday afternoon were all to farmers working in factories around Askeaton. One call linked to five other farmers requesting calls. Reproductive inefficiencies may be unacceptable in the dairy industry, but there is no true measure of the reproductive problems in the suckler herd. There is a due need for the use of ultrasonography as a preventative health management tool to improve the welfare of cows and thereby maximize reproductive performance. Remember our motto! Look after the cow and she will look after you! Dr Dan and all the team @ www.cows365.ie
  • Odds of 1 in 7,000 of triplets in Simmental cow.

    Visited a sucker farmer in County Clare today. I scanned a pedigree Simmental cow carrying triplets. The odds ratio of this occurring is 1 in 7,000. Another unusual feature of scanning in this herd was the fact that of the 17 pregnancies sexed. 15 were female and 2 were male. Dr Dan @ www.cows365.ie
  • Mixed Fertility

    On farm calls to County Clare today. This client had a herd of Aberdeen Angus. There was reproductive problems with cows in relation to silent. To compound this effect the stock bull was lame. This would have resulted in mixed fertility Dr Dan @ www.cows365.ie
  • PYNI easy calving Charolais sire

    Visited a client in County Limerick this morning, for a pre breed scan. The reproductive health of these cows after calving was excellent. The client informed me that he used a pyni sire. This sire has easy calving traits. He showed me 2 calves born to first calvers which weighted approximately 30 kg. ' Dr Dan @ www.cows365.ie
  • Scanning cows reveals identical triplets.

    Visited a farm in County Antrim. The farmer concerned announced to use over a cup of tea. 'you enter this house by 1 door and leave another as a different man'. 3 of the cows scanned on this farm were identical triplets. The chances of this phenomenon are at least 1 in 10 million. This visit made our day. The farmer obliged me by giving us a photograph and the 3 heifers and young cattle. I plan to use this photograph for our homepage. Dr Dan @ www.cows365.ie
  • Harsh conditions in Novohal, County Cork

    Last evening travelled back to a call outside Novohal which was next to the atlantic ocean. There were gale force winds and three ships were taking shelter as they could not enter the harbor in Kinsale. This scan visit was to a Holstein dairy herd to access reproductive status prior to breeding. BCS on the herd was excellent on this farm. They are feeding cows using a Mech-fiber®Mix system which enables a diet of maize, silage and straw to be blended eddiciently for feeding the various groups of cows on the farm. Dr Dan @ www.cows365.ie
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