PREgCHECK™ an asset on Aussie farms

For Australia’s beef and dairy cattle producers, early and accurate pregnancy testing thanks to PREgCHECK™ is making a marked impact on productivity and farm profits.

Cattle veterinarian and president of the Australian Veterinary Association’s cattle group, Dr Alan Guilfoyle, said that with more producers adopting the accredited PREgCHECK™ scheme, a first for the Australian industry, false positives are becoming less frequent and producers are seeing the difference in their production figures and their overall bottom line.

“Accuracy is critical to get a good return on your investment—it’s critical for productivity, which affects profitability,” Dr Guilfoyle said.

“For example, if you test a cow for pregnancy and receive a false positive, you’ll put it back in the field believing it’s pregnant when it’s not, and that’s an extra year’s worth of feed. And if the cow is pregnant but tested as empty, it’s pure economic loss.”

Better control of the calving cycle also helps producers to segregate according to stage of gestation, leading to better nutritional and grazing management as well as better welfare outcomes.

“At the end of the day, accurate pregnancy testing in both dairy and beef cattle will only ever be a win-win for producers—the benefits certainly outweigh the costs. It’s a crucial part of sound cattle management,” Dr Guilfoyle said.

To meet industry demand for quality assurance in pregnancy diagnosis, the AVA’s cattle group developed PREgCHECK™, the only accredited and audited cattle pregnancy testing scheme in Australia. It is a robust system that has stood the test of time with accreditation standards constantly reviewed or upgraded.

“This system is proven to be more accurate and reliable than any other method of testing for pregnancy,” Dr Guilfoyle said.

“Under our scheme, only vets accredited to the PREgCHECK protools are able to apply tags, so when you buy or sell a cow or heifer you know it’s been tested by a PregCHECK™ vet. The scheme has also increased the level of integrity and confidence of the Australian live export trade.”

For more information about PREgCHECK™, including case studies visit the AVA website.

Based on media release sourced from AVA website.

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