Genetics expert calls for fertility focus on cattle

A UNITED States cattle reproduction expert has urged Australian dairy farmers to take reproduction in their herds more seriously.

Charlie Perotti, who is a senior executive at Alta Genetics and manages the company’s global reproduction program, spoke at the recent Young Dairy Development Program’s ‘Milk it 4 More’ expo at Glenormiston.

He said poor fertility levels in Australian dairy cows should not be tolerated. “Farmers here have got to focus more on getting cows pregnant,” he said.

“There is just no excuse. Reproduction is the number one economic driver on a dairy farm.” He advised dairy farmers to adopt extensive synchronisation programs and regular pregnancy-checking protocols.

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