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Viewing animals with reproduction issues

Animals with reproduction issues can be seen in the Repro Issues screen

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Written by Rosemary Stone
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Reproduction issues impact a cow's ability to get back in calf if not identified, costing you time and money. With Active Tag continuously monitoring your animals, we’ll notify you when these issues happen on your farm.

Animals identified as Anestrous, having Irregular Heats or having had a Pregnancy Loss are included in the Reproduction Issues report. When an animal no longer has an issue, they automatically leave the list. This ensures you always have a real-time view of your problem animals.

We recommend checking animals which are identified as having reproduction issues daily.

Anestrous

Anestrous animals have not had a heat after calving. Identifying them before starting breeding helps you intervene early to get them cycling. This can improve submission and in-calf rates.

Animals are detected as Anestrous (Early) 35 days after calving with no heat and are Anestrous (At Risk) 50 days after calving with no heat.

If an animal is scanned empty or has an abortion recorded, we also look for and alert Anestrous issues.

An anestrous event ends if:

  • A heat is identified

  • An insemination is recorded

  • A cow is scanned in-calf or,

  • A calving happens

An active ear tag or active collar must be fitted for a minimum of 24 days before a notification for an anestrous animal will be received.

Irregular heats

An animal with Irregular heats has 3 or more heats in 30 days. This can often indicate a reproductive issue, such as cystic ovaries.

If an animal has Irregular heats, we recommend you check her activity graph to ensure you are happy the heat is valid before breeding.

An irregular heats event ends if:

  • Heat cycle returns to normal, or

  • A calving happens

An active ear tag or active collar must be fitted for around 25-30 days before a notification for irregular heats will be received.

Pregnancy loss

An animal will be identified as having had a pregnancy loss if she has a heat 45 days or more after an insemination or a positive pregnancy scan has been recorded. Identifying animals which have had a pregnancy loss:

  • offers an opportunity to get the animal in-calf again, if the pregnancy loss is early and the animal is still within the breeding season OR

  • helps with decision-making when considering culling animals from the herd. This would typically be if the pregnancy loss occurs late in lactation.

A pregnancy loss event ends if:

  • the animal is inseminated again

  • the animal is pregnancy scanned and found to be in-calf

  • the animal is calving

  • 30 days have elapsed without another heat being detected

An active ear tag or active collar must be fitted for a minimum of 45 days before a notification for a pregnancy loss will be received.

Viewing animals with reproduction issues

To view a list of animals with reproduction issues using the mobile app:

  1. On the Dashboard, tap Repro Issues.

  2. On the Repro Issues screen, a list of all animals identified as having reproductive issues are displayed.

  3. Tap on the Animal ID to see more details about the animal's behaviour.

To view animals with possible reproductive issues using the web app:

  1. From the Home screen, click on Repro Issues,

  2. On the Repro Issues screen, all animals identified as having reproduction issues are displayed.

  3. Click on an Animal ID to see more details about the animal's behaviour.

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