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|1107 EL: Benefits of using ultrasound|
|El Lechero Dairy Basics - A.I. and Breeding|
|Written by Noa Roman-Muniz DVM, Mia Rossini MS|
|Wednesday, 31 October 2007 17:00|
In the past ultrasound article we discussed what ultrasound is used for and how the technology works. Now let’s talk more about the benefits of using ultrasound on a dairy operation.
• Ultrasounding can be performed earlier (27-33 days post-breeding) and safer than palpation. The #1 benefit to this is finding open cows (non pregnant cows) sooner! Identifying open cows sooner allows us to return them to the synchronization program sooner and reduce the number of open days.
• Ultrasound is a great tool for diagnosing and identifying reproductive abnormalities such as luteal and follicular cysts.
• Ultrasound helps with the identification of ovarian structures such as follicles, maturing CL and regressing CL.
• Ultrasound can be used to confirm cases of embryonic resorption or abortions when the cows have been identified as showing “signs of heat”.
Who can benefit from using ultrasound?
• Finding “open cows” (non pregnant cows) sooner can aid in returning cows back into the breeding program and ultimately lead to getting more cows bred in a timely manner.
• Managing pregnant cows with twins differently
• Managing hard or problem breeders.
Frequently asked questions
Q. Should I do a second preg check later in the pregnancy?
Q. Why do you use the glasses?
Q. Can you hurt or abort a pregnancy by using ultrasound?
Q. How much does an ultrasound machine cost?
A study by the University of Wisconsin showed that ultrasound can save 10-15 open, non-productive days per cow per year. When every day has value $$$, it is important that every cow is bred. EL