There is no simple recipe for achieving good reproductive performance. Every farm is different and will require its own reproduction management plan. The aim of a reproduction management plan is to maximise the rate at which the cows in your herd get in calf. This is done by implementing the options described in The InCalf Book and using The InCalf Tools that focus on the key fertility management areas.
Where to start?
It is important to continually refine your herd management strategies. The following key steps can be used to improve herd reproductive performance:
1. Assess herd reproductive performance.
Each farm needs a strategy to identify and record which cows are pregnant and when they conceived. Find out which starategy suits you here.
Getting an accurate picture of herd reproductive performance offers a starting point for improvements.
Use the InCalf Fertility Focus Report to assess your herd and then focus for improvement.
2. Identify scope for improvement and associated benefits:
- Compare your performance to previous years, to other herds and to what’s possible.
- Weigh up the benefits from increased herd reproductive performance.
3. Consider options for change and select the best option(s).
- Weigh up the costs of implementing each change.
4. Implement the selected management option(s).
Review the effects of these changes as part of your management cycle.