Ultrasound Scanning - Reproduction scanning of dairy and beef cows and heifers. Using BCF Easi-scanners which are mobile and do not require mains power, we can scan your cattle at marsh, in compounds, etc. Reproductive scanning covers pregnancy diagnosis from 30 days of pregnancy; investigation of reproductive problems (“not seen bulling”); identification of twin pregnancies for care during the latter stages of the pregnancy; etc.
Software programmes – Interherd, Herd Companion and CIS allow us, with your permission, to help analyse your data and provide advice and written reports.
Bull fertility – Bull Breeding Soundness examination (BBSE). A full examination of your bull including evaluation of semen collected by electro-ejaculation. Written reports provided. No visit charge if three or more bulls are tested at the same time.
We perform BBSEs on mature breeding bulls prior to mating periods – best performed approximately 2-3 months in advance of when you want to use the bulls to ensure adequate time to replace infertile bulls or to rest them before retesting sub-fertile bulls.
We also perform BBSEs on bulls prior to sale. This is generally incorporated into a pre-sale health testing package which includes blood testing for diseases such as BVD, IBR, Leptospira hardjo and Johnes Disease.
DIY AI training courses – In conjunction with Semex UK we run APHA-approved, 3.5-day DIY AI training courses. This allows you to officially be trained to AI your own cattle with all the advantages - perfect timing, the cows being familiar with you (reducing stress), reduced standing time, reduced handling, herd biosecurity, etc. The courses are open to both dairy and beef farmers – clients and non-clients. Course numbers are kept to 4 trainees minimum and 6 maximum to ensure lowest costs and trainee to trainer ratio. If you are interested in attending one of these courses, please contact or leave a message for Tiff Derham at our Brooke clinic on 01508 558228, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will register your interest and contact you before the next course.
DIY AI refresher courses – We can organise bespoke, on-farm DIY AI refresher courses. These normally last for 2-3 hours and can involve all your staff who carry out AI on your farm. Like driving, we can all develop subtle bad habits and these can reduce individual inseminators’ conception rates!