THE Wonthaggi Veterinary Clinic hosted a workshop for its farm clients on cattle reproduction at the Wonthaggi Golf Club last Wednesday.
Dr David Beischer organised the event and about 50 beef and dairy cattle farmers attended.
“Declining dairy herd fertility has increased the challenge of dairy farmers to get cows to have a calf each year,” Dr Beischer said.
“The workshop was intended to inform farmers of advances in two key areas that affect herd fertility – genetics and nutrition as well as providing information about how herd fertility can be measured and its impact on farm profitability.”
Six speakers covered a range
of topics.
Michelle Axford from Data Gene spoke about breeding for increased herd fertility.
Dr Andrew Perry representing Dairy Australia presented examples of how profitable dairy farms are managing herd fertility.
Genetics manager at Zoetis Daniel Abernathy presented information about the Clarifide genomic test that is used for prediction of genetic merit of various traits including fertility.
Dr Beischer from Wonthaggi Veterinary Clinic spoke about measuring herd fertility with an example of a case farm.
Dr Peter Degaris from the Tarwin Veterinary Group explained the effects of nutrition on fertility
Dr Richard Shephard, InCalf project leader (Dairy Australia) provided an update on studies examining early embryonic loss in dairy cattle.