During AI, accurate heat detection helps ensure cows are mated at the right time - for natural mating you'll need sufficient quality service bulls.
- Train staff so they know their responsibilities during mating.
- Get a 90% three week submission rate with minimal intervention.
- Make sure heat detection is accurate and efficient.
- Identify and deal with non-cycling cows early.
- Record and monitor the progress of all heats and matings.
- Make sure bull selection and management is top notch.
- Heat detect cows, draft, double check and put the cows that are on heat up for mating.
- Check bull power and management is best practice — ask your advisor.
- Ensure all bull movements are NAIT and health testing compliant.
- Ideally, send bulls direct to slaughter once mating is complete.
- Continue to monitor cow health, feed quality and feed intake.
- Get your service bulls on farm early to let them settle in – check they’re healthy and suitable for your cows
- Complete heat detection policy, training and task allocation.
- Check paddocks two hours after milking (to help improve heat detection efficiency).
- Maintain good communication throughout mating and monitor staff fatigue.
- Decide on a pregnancy testing strategy with your advisors to get the best information for decision making.
- Decide and commit to a date for taking the bulls out of the herd.