Quicker pregnancies equal more profit. When cows get pregnant quickly, they produce more milk, have shorter calving intervals and generate more replacements. Managing cows for higher milk production requires a solid reproduction program to optimize your pregnancy rate.
According to a field study by Zoetis and Compeer Financial that analyzed 11 years of herd data from 489 year-end financial and production-record summaries,1 the impact pregnancy rate can have on your profitability is too large to leave to chance.
The profit opportunity
According to the study, a 9% difference in pregnancy rate between the top one-third of herds and the bottom one-third resulted in an additional $143/cow/year in net farm income. Additionally, the top herds in the study also produced almost 7 pounds more milk/cow/day than the bottom herds1,*
Associations between a 21-day pregnancy rate and other financial drivers revealed the impact quick pregnancies can have across a dairy.
Quicker pregnancies produce more milk
In the study, increased energy-corrected milk production was associated with a higher 21-day pregnancy rate and fewer days open. As animals get pregnant at a more rapid pace, overall milk production on a per day basis goes up. This is because cows spend more time at the front end of the lactation
Conversely, an elevated somatic cell count (SCC) was associated with a reduced 21-day pregnancy rate. This is due to the negative physiological effect a high SCC has on reproductive performance. When SCC is high, pregnancy rates are sure to be reduced.
Three tips for improving pregnancy rate
Maximize profit opportunities on your dairy with three tips to improve pregnancy rates:
Don’t leave pregnancy rate, or profitability, to chance. Work with your Zoetis representative to implement these tips and other reproduction practices on your dairy.
Learn more about other Dairy Financial Drivers impacting net herd income by visiting DairyWellness.com.
* Zoetis/Compeer Financial study results based on average herd size of 1,087.
1 Lormore M. What Drives Financial Success on a Dairy? Parsippany, NJ: Zoetis; 2018.
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