Webinar: Managing a high-fertility beef herd

Beef Central, 17/06/2019

A FREE webinar providing valuable information for cattle breeders and consulting veterinarians wanting to understand fertility in beef cattle herds, and how it can be better managed, will be held later this month.

Dr Shane Thomson

Titled Managing a High Fertility Beef Herd, the webinar will be presented by Dr Shane Thomson from Holbrook Vet Centre.

The hour-long webinar, coordinated under Vetoquinol Australia’s Repro360 project*, will take place on Wednesday 26 June, 2019 from 6:30pm AEST.

Fertility is a significant driver of profitability in extensive beef breeding enterprises, and the webinar will address questions around how fertility is defined, what the benefits of fertility are to industry, and any associated risks.

Dr Thomson’s presentation will look to define fertility by demonstrating how to understand and assess average calving dates (ACD) and how this index can be used to analyse and benchmark performance.

As managers of beef enterprises have become more educated and experienced over time, many have increased their profitability by pursuing higher fertility, and the benefits have come in spades, he says.

The program will discuss how this high performance is associated with the potential for higher risk, and what management options are available to mitigate this risk, to ensure long term profitability.

Dr Thomson is a veterinarian and partner at the Holbrook veterinary centre in New South Wales. HVC has a strong focus on production and breeding services to the beef industry, servicing the artificial breeding requirements of both seedstock and commercial producers Australia-wide. These services include artificial insemination, embryo transfer, bull fertility examinations and ultrasound pregnancy diagnosis.

In addition to HVC’s on-farm reproduction services, it also runs a specialised artificial breeding centre, managing donors for embryo production, and a large-scale recipient herd. HVC also provides production-based advice involving animal health programs and on-farm consultancy services.

Webinar: Managing a high-fertility beef herd

When: Wednesday 26 June from 6:30pm AEST.

Where: At home, via your PC, tablet or smartphone

Registration: Click this link to register

For those that are unable to attend the live webinar, a recording will be uploaded afterwards and can be accessed via this link:


* The Repro360 project for reproduction in cattle has been created by Vetoquinol to help farmers, veterinarians and artificial breeding companies with a holistic approach. The Repro360 approach is to have a complete vision of the animal reproduction industry whilst creating a useful network for all stakeholders. With expertise in Fixed Time Artificial Insemination in cows and many other related areas, Repro360 is a complete resource that offers assistance and advice. Resources are designed to help anyone seeking information or services for AI or other reproduction services.



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