We all know the value of a successful repro season, where you can increase your in-calf rate, condense the calving period and get the production targets you want. So we have things to think about, and some targets you can consider - to discuss your farm situation call your KeyVet to discuss.
How many metabolic/down cows?
Hopefully less than 3% needed treated - mark them and plan to support them through reproduction. If you have more than this call your vet to discuss a potential plan.
How many left to calve?
By the end of Sept we hope you are getting well through - ideally with less than 5% left to go. Condensing your calving pays off throughout your farm, and it all starts with mating intervention plan.
What's their Body Condition Score?
After calving, getting the girls ready to go for mating - we recommend targeting 4.5+ BCS. Remember each additional 3kg DM/Cow/Day can reduce the anoestrus interval by around 3 days.
How many might have Endometritis?
Endometritis results in lower conception and 6-week in calf rates, higher empty rates of up to 30% and if they do get pregnant it can take 2 to 3 weeks longer than cows without endometritis. We recommend you metrichecking your entire herd.
How many in heat?
65% by day 25 of heat detection
Identifying your non-cyclers is key, its important to start with a good mineral status (Se and Cu), are clean, no endometritis and mark the late calvers. Then get onto heat detection with tail paint and if you want to treat non-cyclers get the plan together for early intervention.
What to do with non-cyclers?
Develop a mating intervention plan
There are a few options here, and they need to be right for you and your herd goals (including the use or CiDRS, GnRH, PG, and eCG). A good plan will get you closer to your goals.
How many each day?
>4% each day
Through mating, everyday look to get over 4% submission - to get goal of 90% submission rate by 21 days.
- Mark Bryan