This week we go into detail on the different signs of heat in dairy cows and on the factors that influence good conception rates. Just because you might know the signs of a heat, don’t presume everyone working on the farm does, despite what qualifications they might have.

Now is a good time to do a bit of a refresher on the signs of heat with all staff or family working on the farm. It’s a critical time of year as every missed heat costs €250. Top up the tail paint at least twice a week to keep it fresh. Check bulling cows in the field at milking times, in between milkings and late in the evening and keep accurate records.