For autumn-calving herds, breeding is well underway, writes CAFRE’s Christopher Brian.
All cows that are six weeks calved should have displayed a heat and are past their ‘voluntary waiting period’. Heats seen after this should be bred and a record of the service made.
Assess breeding efficiency by working out the submission rate for the last three weeks – how many cows that completed their ‘voluntary waiting period’ three weeks ago have been served?
This will tell you how many cows that were eligible to be served in the last 21 days were actually served.
It should be all of them! If not, there is a problem with heat detection on your farm.