Fertility for block calvers

Published 10 September 18

Join us and nationally recognised vet Dave Gilbert for a series of fertility meetings for block calvers discussing pre-mating planning, setting up for a successful 2018 season and ensuring good non-return rates.

The workshops are in partnership with Zoetis and are aimed at all farmers and farm staff with a responsibility for heat detection and service in block calving herds. They will cover:

  • Setting and hitting ambitious targets
  • Pre-mating checks – when and what to look for?
  • Nutrition – managing body condition and the transition from grass to housing
  • Heat detection – what affects heat expression and how to maximise submission rates
  • Serving – AI vs bull use, using sexed semen and the role of synchronisation.

Cows and heifers calved within the first 6 weeks is one of the key performance indicators for block calving herds identifed under our optimal dairy systems programme.

Block calving herds who calve 90% of their cows in the first 6 weeks of calving outperform those with longer calving periods since they allow cows longer recovery time post calving, more days in milk, calves of closer age groups, and can reduce the effect of human fatigue at the tail end of calving.

Various dates and locations, click on the date for more detail: 

3rd Oct – Carmarthen
4th Oct – Welshpool
5th Oct – Preston
9th Oct – Gloucester
11th Oct – Launceston
12th Oct – Sussex
17th Oct – Hamilton
18th Oct – Newark
30th Oct – Wiltshire