Milk pregnancy testing transforms breeding for Meath farmer

July 15, 2022 12:57 pm

Patrick Connolly is a dairy farmer operating in Longwood, Co. Meath who is farming in partnership with his son, James Connolly, and his wife, Síle. The family milk 80 British Fresian cows and operate a grass-based, spring-calving system. 

When detecting for cows in heat, the Connollys visually assess their herd and inseminate their cows as they come into heat.  Patrick purchases milk pregnancy tests for his herd from Progressive Genetics and completes the tests 30 days post insemination.

The milk pregnancy tests offer the opportunity to check for pregnancy from a milk sample that has been taken at your routine milk recording or through individual post sampling.

Patrick has found that after using milk pregnancy testing, the reproductive health of his herd has improved as he is notified early of any issues and can get his vet to check his cows.