When it comes to getting the best return on cows and heifers, farmers are often faced with unnecessary dilemmas. This may ring true this year, in particular, with fodder shortages looming and the inevitability of poor grass supplies - all due, it has to be said, to the adverse weather during the summer of 2012.
So, with the recent emergence of the availability of a Bovine Scanning Service in the county, many of those dilemmas, regularly faced by farmers, could now become more manageable.
Newtownforbes man, John Flynn has been developing his Bovine Scanning Service for the last two years, and with the business going from strength to strength since its inception in 2010, this may be just the service that farmers throughout the county need, particularly in the early detection of pregnancy among suckler or dairy herds.
John uses modern, state-of-the-art technology that provides him with clear and accurate images from inside the animal, and the service is then capable of not just early pregnancy detection, but also in the identification of many other issues that affect cows and heifers.
In fact, the scanning service is so accurate that pregnancy from as early on as 32 days can be identified and it also provides for the examination of problem cows with a view to appropriate treatment. The service is also capable of determining whether or not the mop up bull was fertile in the first instance, and allows farmers to plan their winter feed budget.
“The equipment I have enables me to carry out all those investigations on cows and heifers, and is very accurate,” John added. “It is a fantastic method for determining whether or not a cow is in calf.
“Let’s face it, this winter is going to be a particularly bad one for feed because of the bad summer, so farmers don’t want to find themselves in situations where they are feeding cows, thinking they are in calf, and then come next March or April – the animal proves to be empty.
“With the scanning service, farmers can determine if the animal is in calf and if so, how far the pregnancy is gone. Then they can plan accordingly.”
John went on to say that the Bovine Scanning Service also eliminated the potential of selling young weanlings at the marts, subsequently proved to be in calf, with the farmer selling the cattle, completely unaware of the pregnancy.
“The seller may have bought the animal for fattening purposes, and so then if it emerges that the animal is pregnant, well the scanning service puts an end to this type of a scenario as well,” the local businessman added.
John is well known in Longford and his father, Johnny, was a highly respected AI man in the county, having worked as for the North Eastern Cattle Breeding Society for over 35 years.
John carried out his training in a controlled environment under professional tutoring. His service is currently in great demand throughout Longford and the neighbouring counties, and caters for all herd sizes.
John Flynn would like to take the opportunity to thank all the businesses who supported his advertorial and his existing clients. Contact: (087) 8072252 for more details.
Benefits of scanning
l Detection if
cow/heifer in calf
l Determining calving date
l Cull empty cows
l Detection of fertility problems
l Avoid feeding empty cows
l Detection of multiple births