Scan your beef herd and get an added bonus

Wairarapa beef farmers are being offered the opportunity to have their cow’s pregnancy scanned using the latest ultrasound technology, with the added bonus of free blood testing.

South Wairarapa Vets) is giving farmers the choice of either BVD screening (15 samples) or Selenium trace element testing (10 samples), worth up to $280, for each mixed age beef herd of 25 cows or more scanned this season.

The six scanners in their team can work in to suit farmers’ individual needs, utilising the latest battery operated, ultrasound equipment, meaning they can often scan ‘over the rails’. Depending on the timing, they can provide foetal aging also.

“Sadly, a dry cow, while a good lawnmower, is of limited value to a drystock enterprise,” explained SWVet’s Adrian Evans. “We’ve also seen some low selenium levels in cattle recently, and some farmers very confused about BVD and what it means for them.

“We recognise that getting the cows into the yards can be a real mission, so we’re offering the opportunity for Wairarapa farmers to minimise their workload by scanning and blood testing at the same yarding. Get the dry cows identified, and get some meaningful information for their farm they can act on.”

To make a booking for your herd to be scanned or for more information contact South Wairarapa Vets on 06 379 6767.