FEWER EMPTY COWS
A BENEFIT OF
MILK PREGNANCY TESTING
How it works
1] Sample collection
Milk samples are collected and transported to your
Trusted ELISA technology provides accurate results on par with palpation and ultrasound.
As part of routine milk control your samples can also be tested for pregnancy specific proteins
(PAG's), indicating if a cow is pregnant or not.
Results are reported by text message, email or post.
* De Vries et al, Economics of improved reproductive performance in dairy cattle (Publication AN 156, Gainesville FL, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Science; 2005
PROFITS INCREASED BY REDUCING EMPTY DAYS
Early identification of empty cows allows for early rebreeding, which assists in improving reproductive performance.
Empty cow detection throughout gestation
The IDEXX milk pregnancy test makes it easy to minimise the days that cows are empty at any time throughout gestation, as soon as 28 days after breeding.
Milk testing means less handling for the farmer – and less stress for the animals. The test is easily incorporated into routine milk analysis.
Improve reproductive performance
Less handling, less stress for the cows
Research shows that the average cost per empty cow is €5 a day*. Therefore, if one cow stays empty 20 days longer than expected, the farmer loses €100 on a single cow.
** Vasconcelos et al 1997
Reproductive performance improves when farmers, veterinarians and breeding companies work together to identify empty animals throughout gestation and to take appropriate action.
*** In addition, prevent pregnant cows from being sent to slaughter
Pre-dryoff testing to prevent treatment of empty cows and minimise costs***
Detect 19% embryo losses that may occur**. Rebreed empty cows while still economically viable
Rebreed open cows while still economically viable.
Early detection of empty cows, assist in early re-breeding.
Detects highly specific markers of pregnancy
The IDEXX milk pregnancy test detects highly specific markers of pregnancy: pregnancy-associated glycoproteins (PAGs). Unlike progesterone levels that fluctuate naturally during a cycle, PAGs are only produced in the presence of an embryo or fetus.
According to others
''This way of testing just saves me a lot of work.''
''The test can be done from 28 days. You have a reliable test which tells you if the cow is pregnant or not.''
''It’s so easy: milk samples can be collected without interrupting the routine work with the cows.''
IN IRELAND AND AROUND THE GLOBE
TRUSTED BY FARMERS
TESTS PERFORMED WORLDWIDE
Contact Your Recorder
Developed by IDEXX, world leader in veterinary diagnostics, milk pregnancy tests have been performed more than 10 million times since 2013. Milk testing is trusted by tens of thousands of farmers around the world.
For more details about the IDEXX Milk Pregnancy Test,
contact your Area Field Manager or your Milk Recorder.