Pregnancy Testing

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Moving with technology

Franklin Vets continue to offer our pregnancy scanning service with the added value of electronically recording results on farm with Infovet.


Franklin Vets scanned over 70,000 cows in 2009 with portable backpack scanners.  We can guarantee good levels of accuracy and time efficiency with experienced operators.

Infovet will also enable us to check the latest entered mating dates if you are registered and using the MINDA recording system.  This will save time entering results after pregnancy testing and will decrease chances of errors occurring.  Register now.

With recording under control all that we need to work on is getting the pregnancy testing booked at a time which will give you the information you require.

We have identified three strategies we commonly use and these determine the timing of the job.
Simple "InCalf" or "Empty"
Identifying a list of late calving cows
Aging every pregnancy
Achieved with a single scan six weeks or more after the bulls have been removed.  You will rely on your mating dates for expecting calving dates.
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Lists cows to be culled, induced or left to calve late.  A single scan done 6-8 weeks after the bulls are removed.

This allows us to establish a list of late calving cows due to calve in the last 4-6 weeks of calving.
This is best done in two scans.  One early, 12 to 14 weeks after planned start of mating, and the second six weeks after the bulls are removed. 

We only PD the cows not identified as pregnant in the first scan twice.  Every pregnancy is aged by the vet rather than relying on mating dates.  This allows us to give an accurate expected calving report and to maximise the value of your Fertility Focus report in analysing your herd's reproductive performance.
Completing an early scan at 12 weeks into mating, while the bulls are still in the herd, also enables you to determine whether or not to leave the bull in a little longer.

Please call us at the clinic to discuss which strategy is best for you.