Friday, October 5, 2018

GENEX Herd Consultancy Introduced Internationally

Herd management consultancy is a relatively new concept outside of the U.S. GENEX has begun to bring this successful practice to Europe and Latin America, with the hire of two Progressive Herd Consultants, to better serve our customers.

David Ellis, GENEX Progressive Herd Consultant in Europe, recently wrote about his experiences. “We listen intently to the farms’ potential areas of opportunity, helping to find solutions to improve productivity and proficiency,” he said. “Every farm is treated on an individual basis, understanding the farmer’s needs and preferences is of paramount importance when suggesting possible management changes and solutions. We need protocols and targets in place to help optimize cow performance, while keeping a lid on costs.”

A success story David shares occurred on a farm in Germany that had transition issues. Cows were not milking well, and they had low conception rates until about 100 days in milk. Fresh cows appeared to have sunken eyes with poor rumen fill and a high number of retained placentas. After a thorough examination of every aspect of the current management strategy, David presented several suggestions for changing the transition/fresh cow management protocols. At a return visit six months later, he saw marked improvement. Second lactation and greater cows were peaking at 42 liters instead of 30, and the herd owner was extremely happy with how they were transitioning. Implemented changes also resulted in an increased conception rate of 21% from days 50-69 and pregnancy rates increased from 15% to 20%.

Oftentimes, an extra set of trained eyes is all it takes to identify areas where small changes can lead to large improvements. Ask your GENEX representative about herd management consultancy.  We are committed to being the industry-leading supplier of science-based cattle genetics and customized reproductive solutions. We are committed to earning your trust each and every day.

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