Record it all for de­ci­sions

Waipa Post - - The Country -

Re­view­ing per­for­mance dur­ing mat­ing is just as im­por­tant as after­wards. So is record­ing as much data as pos­si­ble, reg­u­larly re­view­ing it and mak­ing timely de­ci­sions.

Record, record, record

Put that data in. The more in­for­ma­tion you en­ter in your record­ing sys­tem, the bet­ter de­ci­sions you and your ad­vis­ers can make.

Not ev­ery­one is a data­junkie, for sure, but if data is en­tered as the sea­son pro­gresses, you can track progress and spot when things are start­ing to go wrong.

Mon­i­tor sub­mis­sion rate and non-re­turn rate

These will help you de­cide if you’re go­ing to need more bull-power. Bull ra­tio is rec­om­mended at one bull to 30 non-preg­nant cows.

Your data can help you de­cide how many bulls you’re go­ing to re­quire; if you don’t have enough, you’ve still got time to make de­ci­sions.

For ex­am­ple, should you get more bulls or con­tinue with ar­ti­fi­cial breed­ing (AB) for a lit­tle longer?

It’s too late to look back dur­ing preg­nancy-test­ing time, only to find out the bull-mat­ing pe­riod has let you down. Heat de­tec­tion

Re­view­ing reg­u­larly is also rel­e­vant for heat de­tec­tion.

If you are mon­i­tor­ing re­turns, then you can de­cide if any­thing needs to change.

Don’t wait un­til it’s too late.

You’ve got time to change heat de­tec­tion prac­tices, to help staff if they’re strug­gling, or even pull the pin early on AB and get the bulls on the job in­stead.

Talk to your ad­vis­ers be­fore mak­ing these big de­ci­sions.

Get help and pre­vent or re­duce any prob­lems you can when you’ve got the chance. Want to know more?

DairyNZ’s InCalf Book has all the in­for­ma­tion you need to sup­port you in achiev­ing good re­pro­duc­tive per­for­mance.

Re­cently up­dated, it’s avail­able to down­load now from dairynz.co.nz/incalf or or­der your hard copy on­line — it’s free for levy pay­ers.

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The more breed­ing data you record the eas­ier it is to make cru­cial and timely de­ci­sions.

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