At Franklin Vets, we are dedicated to helping you manage and improve your reproduction. There are many ways we can help. We offer a wide range of services, varying from metrichecking and solutions for non-cycling cows, to in-depth reproductive consultancy. We are happy to assist in any way we can.
Checking cows for uterine infections, and treating if required, improves 6-week in-calf rate (likely by 1-2%) and decrease the empty rate for affected cows. Successful treatment can add as much as an extra 14 to 20 days in milk per cow treated the next lactation.
Options for all dairy herds:
A single injection used at the appropriate time on cows cycling prior to PSM allows us to fine-tune some herds reproduction (often those treating non-cycling cows). This allows more cows to be mated in the first 10 days. This can add an extra 4-5 days in milk per treated cow.
Maximising reproductive performance not only sets you up for success in the coming season but the impacts of a good (or bad) mating season are felt for years to come.
In the following video, Dr Greg Lindsay discusses mating strategies for improving your inCalf rate including understanding cycles, the benefits of early cycling & Why Wait.
Some cows that have not shown heat prior to PSM may require a helping hand in the form of veterinary intervention. NZ research has shown that treating non-cycling dairy cows with the best modern non-cycler programmes results in 15 to 21 more days in milk on average, compared to untreated non-cyclers. This extra milk yield is worth about $210 per cow and lowers risk non-cyclers next season.
FVS offers programmes such as:
Synchronising heifers for AB mating ensures they are all up and running on day one, giving them a greater chance of getting in calf early, and more chances to get in calf. The benefits include increased replacement numbers e.g., for export, improved rate of genetic gain, tighter calving patterns, reduced number of bobby calves, and increases average calf sale value.
Franklin Vets offer a pregnancy scanning service with the added value of electronically recording results on farm with Infovet. Our portable scanners can guarantee accurate results. Pregnancy testing is a great tool for gaining information about your cows’ reproductive performance. We can offer the following scanning services in both MA cattle and heifers.
Accurate ageing allows better management and planning. Heifer PD’s allows removal of empties and better allocation of feed to pregnant animals. Whilst scanning we can also tie in other services such as herd vaccinations, BCS and tail scoring.
Results from scanning are generated and viewed in real-time on-farm allowing accurate information on-farm at the conclusion of the scan. Full reports are generated including pregnancy rates of non-cyclers and dirty cows where applicable to give you as much information as possible from the scan. We offer full reviews and advice on potential improvements for next season.
Save on dry cow by identifying 1-2% slips prior to DCT insertion/ dry off
Careful bull selection can reduce the risks of selecting subfertile bulls, however, it is better to test them to save costs should they not perform. Testing removes approx. 10% infertile/ sub-fertile bulls, increases the sale value of bulls and increases the trust of purchasers/leasers.
The exam we offer checks:
FVS Prepare to Mate
Half-hour chats with your vet to discuss goals and plans for the upcoming mating season. They can be planned as casual “while you’re here” or ‘in-clinic sit-downs’ over a coffee and a biscuit, to discuss factors affecting reproduction. Planning early allows pre-booking of interventions at a time that suits you best. We can generate personalised planners based on your calving and mating dates. The consult acts as a reminder to sort out dates for key time-based animal health interventions such as BVD vaccinations or metrichecking. Your vet can also work through the Ready to Mate app with you – this is a full mating calendar with an automated reminder system created based on your planned start of calving.
A 1 to 1.5 hour sit down consult, like ‘Prepare to Mate” but a more in-depth discussion covering multiple factors affecting reproduction and areas of improvement personalised to your farm. This may include the identification of problem areas and planning on how improvement could be made. Your vet with work with you to develop an action plan for the coming season.
Consultancy covering key factors affecting reproduction on your farm. Ideal if want a more in-depth plan and ongoing veterinary involvement to help motivate and keep on track. Involves 4 x 2-3hr consults.
We offer an integrated farm systems and business management approach to improve your farm.
Getting farm system/ feeding management right leads to:
Franklin Vets Veterinarian & Director Dr David Hawkins currently leads this area.