Scanning the herd

How to make the most of having your beefies in the yard at scanning time.

It’s that time of year again…time to think about pregnancy scanning your beef cows, and the benefits of getting us in for this are huge!

These include:

  • Age scanning cows into pregnancy groups

  • Detection of twins

  • Detection of abortions/fertility concerns

  • Analysis of bull performance

  • More information for culling decisions

  • Ability to sell in-calf cattle

  • More control over the feed budget.

Lets not forget the top quality conversation we can bring to the call out!

We have a team of skilled pregnancy scanners here at VetSouth that will be all too happy to come and scan your beefies. 

How can I make it more worthwhile?

If you are keen to scan your herd, but don't fancy having to bring the cows into the yard just for us, then why not tag it onto a day you are already planning on having them in? 

We can do our best to work around TB testing, drenching and vaccinating etc, and it is also a great chance to give any trace element supplementation.

You could also use the opportunity to add on some of those extra animal health jobs that you have always thought would be a good idea but have never got around to doing, such as:

  • Body condition scoring

  • Blood testing for BVD and/or trace elements

  • Dehorning those niggly few horned animals.

When’s the best time to scan?

To get the most accurate aged scan results, it is best to scan at 50-80 days pregnant. This may mean you need to do two aged scans, depending on how long you leave your bulls out for. 

If this is not possible, then we can come and do a simple yes/no pregnancy scan 45 days or more after the bull has been removed.

If you want to book in for a herd scan, or have further questions, feel free to call your KeyVet or the clinic.

- Angela Butcher


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