Every year we hear stories of unwanted pregnancies in heifer calves, an issue that creates a lot of work, cost and is a potential animal welfare issue. As we push for efficiency by increasing daily live weight gains and also with a swing to more maternal breeds, the problem is likely to get worse. All producers should keep this issue in mind and take the necessary steps to reduce the risks on their farm. This short video highlights some of the options available to producers to minimise the chances of heifer calves becoming pregnant.
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