Preparing for next year’s calf crop: Managing fertility in the suckler cow

  • February 11 2021
    7:30pm - 9:30pm

Join this webinar on Thursday 11th February 2021 at 7.30pm for a discussion on assessing nutritional status of suckler cows and its impact on herd fertility to maximise future calf output.


  • Karen Stewart, Ruminant Nutritionist, SAC Consulting
    Karen will present the findings a recent Scottish Government funded project involving 12 beef farmers in Angus and Fife using metabolic profile testing to assess nutritional status of cows over the 2020 calving period. This will be discussed in relation to herd fertility with pregnancy diagnosis results for the 2021 calf crop.
  • Alastair Macrae FRCVS, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh
    Alastair runs the Dairy Herd Health and Productivity Service, and will discuss metabolic profile blood testing in beef cows to “ask the cows what they think of their diet”, and how the results can then be used to tailor nutritional management to optimise calf health and cow fertility. Maximising the number of cows in calf and looking at key areas of calf losses before birth and how to avoid them will also be discussed.

This meeting is funded through the Scottish Rural Development Programme KTIF (Knowledge Transfer Innovation Fund).