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Kingshay's Knowledgebase - Fertility

Body Condition Score

Body Condition Score

Body Condition Scoring (BCS) is a simple and effective farm management tool. It is a measure of body fat/energy reserves, that can be used to aid decisions or troubleshoo...

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Bull Management Farming Note

Bull Management Farming Note

Natural service can save time and money, but a poorly performing bull can be costly if conception rates are low. Is your bull in peak form? With up to 33% of bulls though...

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Concrete Grooving Trial Update

Concrete Grooving Trial Update

Smooth, slippery concrete can reduce cow mobility and oestrus activity and can potentially lead to lameness and injury. Concrete grooving is commonly used to improve cow...

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Cow Grouping Farming Note

Cow Grouping Farming Note

Cow grouping is a useful management tool, particularly in larger herds, which allows the requirements of each individual cow to be more easily met. Deciding if your he...

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Cow Handling Facilities Farming Note

Cow Handling Facilities Farming Note

As housing and handling of animals is one of the main opportunities for injury to occur on farm, having well designed cow handling facilities in place is strongly reco...

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Cow Signals Farming Note

Cow Signals Farming Note

In your herd, are there a high proportion of cows with rubbed necks or briskets? Are cows tail twitching despite there being no flies? Cow signals and behaviour can be v...

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Fertility Management Systems Farming Note

Fertility Management Systems Farming Note

If you don't see a cow bulling, she won't be served, and this leads to higher culling rates and extended calving intervals. The cost of extending the calving interval ove...

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Heat Detection Tried & Tested Report

Heat Detection Tried & Tested Report

featuring results from the Heat Detection Survey There are numerous and varied products sold in the UK claiming to increase heat detection rates in bulling cows, from ...

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Milk Urea

Milk Urea

Milk urea levels are a useful means of assessing ration balance, with fluctuations typically highlighting a shift in the balance between rumen degradable protein and ener...

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Oestrus Detection Farming Note

Oestrus Detection Farming Note

An average UK dairy herd with 100 cows loses over £18,000 per year or 3.14ppl due to infertility. It is often difficult on busy farms to take the time to spot cows on he...

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Oestrus Synchronisation Farming Note

Oestrus Synchronisation Farming Note

As the milk yield of dairy cows rises, the length and strength of oestrus displays is reduced. 20% of cows show oestrus for less than 6 hours and may be mounted less than...

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Pedometers: A Step in the Right Direction? Farming Note

Pedometers: A Step in the Right Direction? Farming Note

It's a shocking statistic but only 50% of all heats are detected in the average herd. Increasing this by 10% would save over £7,000 per year for a typical 150 cow herd. ...

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