This is beneficial to producers so they are able to distinguish between open cows and bred cows. It also provides them with an accurate estimation of when their cows will begin calving based upon the age of the fetus at the time the veterinarian examines them. It is usually a quick and simple procedure done by an experienced veterinarian and the age of the fetus can be detected via rectal palpation or ultrasound. Our new bovine ultrasound machine allows us to pregnancy check cows faster and you can see the pregnancy as well.
A physical exam is usually the first thing the veterinarian will accomplish to determine the bulls’ general health. The detection of unhealthy bulls, such as an imperfection of the feet, legs or eyes may decrease their ability to travel around and breed cows. The penis and testicles are also examined and the veterinarian will measure the scrotal circumference of the bull. Then, using an electro ejaculation device, a sample of semen is collected and examined under a microscope. The first thing we evaluate is motility, or movement. The second is to determine the percentage of sperm having normal or abnormal morphology, or structure, of the sperm. If a bull has a low percentage, breeding at that time is not recommended. The purpose of Trichimonas testing is to determine whether or not there are parasites living in the reproductive tracts of bulls and cows. These parasites cannot live in the outside environment and are primarily transmitted through sexual contact. Trich testing is commonly done at the same time as semen testing.
A necropsy is especially useful for herd/flock animals, when the health status of the rest of the herd/flock may be in danger or in case of infectious diseases that can linger in the environment potentially being a threat to other animals. For insurance claims, a veterinarian needs to fully examine the animal and diagnose the cause of death before claims can be submitted.
Whether staying at home or going to community pastures, vaccines play an important role in maintaining herd health and protecting against common diseases. Please contact the clinic and talk to our vets to customize a vaccine protocol best suited for your individual herd.