When ultrasounding cattle, it can be a challenge to get a good image if the manure is dry. Often the image will appear quite dim. In this short video, Dr. Bronson will discuss how to brighten up your image a bit to help compensate for the dry manure.
It is important when ultrasounding mares to carefully examine the entire uterus (especially when looking for a short pregnancy). Check out this clip.
It is almost that time of year again…equine breeding season. Are you ready? Do we need to fine tune any of your settings? The linear rectal probe is the most popular probe for equine use. One setting you can change is the frame rate on your ReproScan ultrasound, from 1 to 3 to get a more detailed image. It is important to note this will cause a slight lag in the image because the machine will be processing more frames.
Do you ever have to spit between 4 and 5 month fetuses for your clients? It can be a bit of a challenge. Fetal aging under 4 months can be done with considerably more accuracy than over 4 months. Some veterinarians will age under 120 days in 5 or 10 day increments and over 4 months with only a month and/or 2-month age. For example, a pregnancy may be recorded as 100 days for a late bred cow and an earlier bred cow may be recorded as a 5/6 meaning that it is somewhere around 5 or 6 months pregnant.
Scanning deep bodied or longer bred cows can be a bit of a challenge. Check out this video with practical tips to help you navigate that tricky stage. For more tips check out our youtube or facebook pages.
Pregnancy diagnosis in dogs tends to be a simple task with an ultrasound. Starting at approximately 28 days, fetuses can be easily detected with transabdominal ultrasound. For large dogs, any probe can be used, however a higher frequency probe is preferred. In small dogs, any probe with a frequency exceeding 5-6 MHz will be adequate. Position the probe at the brim of the pelvis and begin by scanning forward. The vesicle and fetal structures of each pup will be easily distinguished after 28 days, and the uterine horns can be followed along the dorsal and dorsolateral abdominal walls in lateral or dorsal recumbency.
Pregnancy testing beef cows incorporates many skills, planning and proper facilities. Any deficiencies in any of these areas may result in disappointing results, wasted time and possible injuries to people and cattle. At ReproScan Technologies, we would like to help you plan for success. Here are a few pointers that we would like to share. For more details and tips on how to safely and successfully ultrasound pregnancy test beef cows, contact your ReproScan representative or the ReproScan office.
Receiving the new monitor When you receive your new monitor, it will not be fully charged. Please make sure to turn on the hard power switch on the back of the monitor, then plug it in using the included power supply. When the light on the front panel turns blue, your monitor is fully charged and ready to use. Battery level indicator Your monitor comes with the battery level indicator turned on.
During the month of October, YOU can purchase a brand-new BoviScan package for 10% off! By taking advantage of the BoviScan Blitz, you can build your own ultrasound package, with packages starting at $7500. But what options come with these new packages? -BoviScan Curve: BoviScan Curve is a durable, lightweight, and portable, convex probe designed for cattle ultrasound. It is designed to be paired with the ReproArm for rapid pregnancy diagnosis and the alleviation of the shoulder and arm strain.
Pregnancy testing cattle requires teamwork and a variety of skills. Working cattle in good facilities with skilled cattle handlers, trained equipment operators and modern ultrasound technology is a rewarding way to contribute to the nation’s food supply. Unfortunately, there are still some cattle outfits with inadequate facilities and poorly trained personnel. Veterinarians are often asked to pregnancy test cattle in facilities where accidents and equipment damage may occur. This is unfortunate and unacceptable in our modern world where beef consumers want to know that cattle are being handled humanely and staff work safely and are treated fairly.