2023/2024 Spring dairy scanning results

Scanning results summer 2023 2024

As March ends, most of our spring calving dairy herds have completed their annual pregnancy scans. We are now able to give a fairly accurate overview of how this season has gone. I’m pleased to say that the early positive scan results carried on through the rest of the scanning period.

The 6-week in-calf rate across the practice increased 4% on average compared to the previous season. The 6-week in-calf rate is the main statistic for assessing the reproductive efficiency of herds. Your 6-week in-calf rate measures the percentage of eligible cows pregnant within the first six weeks of mating. Achieving a high 6-week in-calf rate is desirable as it ensures a tightly compact calving period, maximizing milk production and profitability.

Empty rate and not in-calf rate are both measures of cows that aren’t pregnant however, they are calculated slightly differently. Not in-calf rate will always be higher because it also includes cows that were present in the herd at the start of mating that have been sold/culled before pregnancy scanning took place. With an increase in the 6-week in-calf rate you would expect to see a decrease in empty/not in-calf rate, which we do. Empty rates were 2.9% lower this season compared to last season.

Conception rates increased by 5.8% on the previous season’s low. Improved conception rates are likely due to many farms being forced to milk once a day early in the season due to wet conditions. This meant cows were going into mating in better body condition, which is well shown to directly affect conception.

Though it might not feel like it, now is a great time to review your mating performance and create a plan going forward. Calving condition greatly affects mating body condition and to get cows in the correct calving condition starts with drying them off with enough

Dr Neil Murray BVSc Farm Vet, Paeroa

Scanning reults 2023 2024


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