When it comes to Sheep & Beef reproduction services the farm vets at VetEnt are experts. Current reproduction in cattle and sheep is monitored; poor reproductive performance is identified; a management plan is created to improve reproductive performance in the future.
Reproduction Services – Beef Herd
For reproduction in beef cows, the following parameters are monitored:
When it comes to bulls, breeding soundness is examined:
Having light conditioned cows in beef herds at calving time is the most common cause of poor reproductive performance during the following mating. The impact has been shown to cost an 18% drop in conception rate, 5% less calf survival, a month difference in age at weaning and 45 kg lower calf weight at weaning.
Reproduction Services – Sheep Flock
The following parameters are monitored in ewes:
For rams, the breeding soundness examination includes:
The most common finding from lamb autopsies (done on normal-looking newborn dead lambs) over lambing is that most lambs are born alive and walk around but only a few have milk in their stomach. The lamb starvation syndrome is strongly linked to the body condition score of the ewe when she lambs.
Farms which have subsequently focussed on improving the condition score status of the ewe flock at lambing have reduced lamb wastage up to 10%.