DETECTION of the non-pregnant cow or heifer, as soon as possible after an unsuccessful insemination, is important to ensure good reproductive performance in dairy and beef herds. Pregnancy diagnosis is still the most common procedure carried out during routine visits conducted as part of a fertility control programme. In herds that are not part of such a scheme, pregnancy diagnosis is often one of the few routine procedures performed by veterinary surgeons. This article describes the relative advantages, disadvantages and reliability of the various methods used to detect pregnancy in cattle.
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