If you found areas of low performance in your program, you need to identify those weak points and design a plan to improve results. The goal set in this plan needs to follow the “SMART” criteria: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-framed. Also, you need to have a responsible person in charge and have a periodical evaluation of each goal.
Feeding your computer with data and doing periodical records analysis are two completely different exercises. Often, dairy producers with acceptable record keeping system feel comfortable with their reproduction results based on a few good vet checks. Unfortunately, they don’t know how other factors on their dairies, such as seasonal effects, recent nutritional changes, changes in labor, are affecting their reproduction.
Having a good reproduction analysis today does not immediately guarantee that a dairy will be in a good position six months down the road. Instead, periodical reproduction evaluations, about two or three times a year, should be part of a regular dairy reproduction management program.
The ReproAnalysis team from Accelerated Genetics can work with your consulting team and/or herd veterinarian to guide you through the entire reproduction analysis process, from the very beginning of a diagnostic situation to setting goals, training, and designing a plan to monitoring the results and keeping your dairy profitable. Contact your Accelerated Genetics representative for more information on ReproAnalysis.
The example above shows a 500-cow herd with a 30 percent culling rate, 6 percent abortion rate, a calving interval goal of 13 months and an actual conception rate of 30 percent. With this information, you can use the simple equation on top to determine your herd goals. If the problem identified was low heat detection, you need to technically train one person to be responsible for achieving a goal for 97 cows inseminated per month, or about 25 per week, to achieve your goal.
Source: Dr. Humberto Rivera, Reproduction Specialist, Accelerated Genetics