We recommend that all female cattle that have been with a bull be pregnancy tested. The ideal time to do this is 6 weeks after the bull has been removed from the cows. Knowing which cows are pregnant allows you to plan for the next calving season and make management decisions such as feeding appropriate diets, selling of infertile animals etc.
At Franklin Vets we have invested heavily in backpack ultrasound scanners and staff training to provide a top class pregnancy diagnosis service. The backpack design allows the vet to be fully mobile without the need for you to provide a power source. This added mobility allows us to normally scan the cows up the race, which greatly increases the speed of the job and decreases the stress of handling on the animals. Depending on the stage of pregnancy we can provide you with an approximate calving date so you can plan for your new arrivals and know when to be keeping that extra close eye on cows that are expected to calve.
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Did you know that cattle can reach puberty as young as 6-7 months old?
Every year we do 2-3 calvings on heifers that are only 16-18 months. These are often very traumatic for all parties involved often resulting in an emergency caesarian section, and in a few unfortunate cases the death of the calf and heifer. These teenage pregnancies usually occur due to heifer calves being left with their mothers while a bull is running with the cows or an un-castrated/incorrectly castrated bull calf being with the heifer calves. Therefore it is important to be aware of this possibility and to keep heifer calves isolated from all un-castrated male cattle. If you suspect a young heifer has been mated with a bull or a bull has jumped into your cattle that you don’t want in calf, it is possible to give a mismating injection to stop the heifer/cow from becoming pregnant. The mismating injection is a single intramuscular injection given by a veterinarian 10-90 days after the bull is removed. If you are concerned about the possibility of this, contact one of the vets at Franklin and we will be happy to discuss the issue with you.
Brent Neal, BVSc (Dist.)