Now is an excellent time to evaluate your herd and consider marketing decisions for the fall.
To accurately and efficiently conduct pregnancy exams on a large group of cows, the exams should be performed from 30 to 120 days after the last possible breeding if using ultrasound for pregnancy diagnosis.
For cows calving January-April pregnancy detection usually occurs during August to November. Ultra-sounding for pregnancy early and during these prime months has many advantages.
* Early and accurate pregnancy detection
* Fetal aging
* Increased productivity by vets ( high efficiency)
* Less chance of incliment weather
* Detection of ovarian activity & structures
* Detection of uterine pathology
* Cull prices higher in August than November
* Provides an immediate diagnosis-allowing a producer to make a decision while the cow is in the chute.
* Cost efficient.
Following these guidelines, with proficient expertise, pregnancy detection should be very close to 100% accurate.
However, a small portion of cows determined pregnant during early pregnancy exams will have fetal loss.
At the end of the day, ultrasounding cattle for pregnancy is less strain and stress on cow, on the fetus, and the veterinarian than traditional palpation. Regardless of what method you decide to use to preg-check your cows, it’s important to remember that preg-checking is not a timed event. This is a good chance for you to get good information about your cows. If you’re trying to move the cattle through too quickly, it’s hard for anyone to do a good job and you’ll have less accurate results.