It is a learning package of tools and resources aimed at improving herd fertility and heat detection, helping farmers get their cows back in calf earlier and reducing empties.
Farmers will get the most out of InCalf through an integrated approach, combining their Fertility Focus reports with information from the InCalf book and support from InCalf trained advisers working with InCalf tools.
Herd fertility is complex, requiring a range of expertise to better diagnose areas to improve and to implement chosen management options. As part of the InCalf programme, dairy farmers can work with trained InCalf advisers to gain value in terms of measured performance improvement.
The InCalf Book for NZ dairy farmers
The InCalf book is a reference guide to help farmers achieve a measured improvement in their herd's reproductive performance. It is also useful for rural professionals providing advice and support to farmers. The book pulls together the accepted knowledge on dairy herd fertility, drawing on InCalf's extensive on-farm research and a huge number of experts.
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InCalf Fertility Focus User's Guide
The InCalf herd assessment tools are gap calculators to help dairy farmers (and their advisers) investigate key management areas which affect herd reproductive performance. Use these tools to see what you could financially gain by improving the management of the following areas.
- Economics of Reproductive Performance Tool (xlsx)
- Economics of Reproductive Performance Tool (pdf)
- Body Condition at Calving Tool
- Body Condition Loss in Early Lactation Tool
- Bull Management Practices Tool
- Calving Pattern Tool
- Heat Detection Tool
- Heifer Rearing Tool
- Individual Cow Health Tool
- Length of Mating Period Tool
- Non-cycling Tool