Georgie Atton

dairy|cow|ridgeway|research

What does oestrus detection have to do with economics and carbon footprints?

What does oestrus detection have to do with economics and carbon footprints? Oestrus detection Last week’s article identified the importance of accurately detecting oestrus so that time and money are not wasted unnecessarily. Wastage can occur on any scale. From the micro level – a straw will be wasted if a cow not in oestrus at AI, to the individual cow level where, for example, a cow is culled due to fertility issues related to failure to detect oestrus to…

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Progesterone: how it can be used to predict fertility in cows

The Oestrous Cycle The cows reproductive cycle is termed the oestrous cycle and consists of several phases including a luteal phase (after ovulation the corpus luteum is formed) and a follicular phase (luteolysis and ovulation)1. A healthy cow typically has a cycle between 18-25 days long, during which the progesterone levels increase and decrease systematically. What Is Progesterone? Progesterone is a steroid hormone and is produced by the corpus luteum in the ovary after ovulation. If a cow falls pregnant,…

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What is Lungworm? A quick guide to lungworm in cats & dogs

What is Lungworm? A quick guide to lungworm in cats & dogs. Lungworm is a potentially fatal parasite which can infect cats and dogs and is increasingly causing disease within companion animals. This guide gives need-to-know information and tips and tricks on how to avoid your pet contracting lungworm and how to best tackle an infection. What is Lungworm? Lungworm affects both dogs and cats and is caused mainly by the worms Angiostrongylus vasorum or Crenosoma vulpis in dogs and…

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