Pregnancy Testing of Beef Cattle

Agriculture Victoria - Geoff Kroker, Bendigo and Lisa Clarke, Hamilton

Type: Webpage
Knowledge level: Introductory

Farm Table says:

Insightful article on pregnancy testing of beef cattle and how producers can use it to their advantage. I was surprised to learn that vets can detect pregnancy in cattle as early as 8-10 weeks after conception.

This article covers pregnancy testing in beef cattle and the essential information for producers to ensure high productivity in their enterprise.

The items covered in this article are:

  • Calving reproduction in beef herds.
  • Pregnancy testing.

Key points were as follows:

• High productivity in beef herds is classed as achieving a calving interval of 12 months, 95% calves weaned successfully and calving drop of a maximum 10 week period.

• Pregnancy testing can be done by veterinarians at an early stage of pregnancy (8-10 weeks).

• Pregnancy testing allows producers to separate herds, cull cows and make management decisions based on seasonal conditions.

• Pregnancy testing can also be conducted by ultrasound however associated costs are incurred with this method.

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