The FertilityPlus Programmes focus on the nutritional needs of your suckler herd to optimise reproductive performance and specialised reproductive techniques; embryo transfer and synchronisation.
On average, suckler heifers calve at approximately 30 months of age and suckler cows have a calving interval of over 400 days, both of which have a severe negative impact on the output and profit of the herd. The target of calving at 24 months of age and producing one calf per cow per year must be the focus and this can only be achieved by addressing heifer management and reproductive performance. Furthermore, by reducing the age at first calving and improving reproductive performance the notoriously high carbon footprint of the suckler system can be greatly reduced.
The Anupro FertilityPlus Programmes focus on preparing the cow for high levels of fertility, production, health and longevity. These outputs are greatly influenced by the management of the cow from birth to first calving and Anupro place great emphasis on this preparation period, aiming to optimise metabolic programming, reducing disease and having optimal reproductive capacity. The Anupro FertilityPlus programmes present a real opportunity to improve reproductive performance and in doing so maximise the output per cow, output per hectare and profitability. The aim is to have your heifer calving at 24 months of age, at a high percentage of her mature body weight, and cows back in-calf 80 days after calving.
The SupremeHeifer Programmes; Autumn and Spring calving, ensure optimal early life programming to deliver high levels of performance, health and fertility. This programme recommends the appropriate inputs needed to optimise future profitability. It focuses on health and performance at key developmental time points during the heifer’s growth curve to deliver:
The SupremeHeifer Programme aims to optimise early life nutrition and utilises a specific supplementary feeding programme. Anupro recognise that the modern suckler cow has relatively poor milk production and it is important that heifer calves destined to re-enter the herd as replacements are supplemented, especially in early life, to optimise future productive and reproductive potential.
At service, the proposed programme targets heifers to be approximately 70% of mature body weight at 15 months of age. This will have a positive effect on embryo development and foetal programming, producing a more viable calf. Thereafter, the heifer will achieve 95-100% of mature body weight at calving (24 months of age), making her much more robust post-calving to withstand variability in nutrient availability.
The programme charts detail the SupremeHeifer Autumn and Spring born Programmes which outline the products and timings required to deliver optimal production (product overview below).
(After Colostrum intake and during period of stress)
To maximise profitability the suckler farmer must first maximise the number of animals born; one calf per cow per year, and then maximise the value of each individual animal. This can only be achieved by having a successful calving, speedy recovery from calving and timely conception. The SuperSuckler programme is designed to optimise all of these by focussing on:
Specifically, the programmes focuses on:
The SuperSuckler Plus programme includes our revolutionary new product for freshly calved cows; EconFreshCalver, which is designed to optimise internal functionality immediately after calving. In combination with EconDryCow and Maxvital-D, EconFeshCalver will greatly reduce calving interval and bring cows into more manageable calving groups. In particular, it will facilitate the return of late calving cows to desired calving blocks. Collectively, these products focus on a speedy calving and recovery after calving, with specific attention on reducing subclinical metabolic disease and optimising uterine involution, oocyte development and overall reproductive capacity.
The programme charts detail the SuperSuckler and SuperSucklerPlus Programmes which outline the products and timings required to deliver optimal production (product overview below).
The Anupro Opti-ET programme ensures your donor and recipient cattle are fully prepared for a successful embryo transfer by meeting all management and nutritional needs.
Maintaining routine is critical to success and animals should be placed into routine at least 8 weeks before embryo collection or implantation and remain in this routine for at least 8 weeks after embryo implantation. Routine treatments such as vaccinations, parasite control should be carried out before the 8-week preparation cycle begins.
Additional management elements to consider:
Anupro welcome the opportunity to discuss housing set-up and programme management
Anupro have designed a unique nutritional programme to address all fundamental fertility needs and have unlocked additional key nutrient synergies to optimise the reproductive response, both from an oocyte quality perspective in the donor and an implantation perspective in the recipient. Specifically, the nutritional plan increases the interchange surface between the embryo and the uterine wall to increase connectivity and nutrient exchange immediately post-implantation. Embryonic loss is a high risk post implantation and is related to mineral deficiency and suboptimal balance. The Opti-ET programme optimises this balance to enhance success. Nutrient strategies from a donor and recipient perspective are very different and we have tailored the Opti-ET programme to deliver the optimal outcome in both scenarios.
The programme chart details the Opti-ET Programme which outlines the products and timings required to deliver optimal reproductive performance (product overview below).
Reproductive failure during synchronisation programmes is largely due to females being non-cyclical at the start of the breeding programme, irregular reproductive cycle, factors that interfere with conception or factors causing early embryo loss. Largely, the above abnormalities are influenced by poor nutritional status or poor micronutrient balance.
Synchronisation is a very effective method of planning a targeted entry of heifers into the herd to ease management such as targeted nutrition post-calving. The Opti-Sync programme focuses on addressing the potential nutritional shortfalls and delivering a balanced micronutrient profile to optimise reproductive function. In particular, the programme is designed to provide the correct nutrient balance to deliver the successful ovulation of a healthy oocyte and create an optimal uterine environment for a successful implantation and subsequent embryo development.
This programme is tailored towards dairy and beef heifers not currently on the ProHeifer or SupremeHeifer Programmes.
The programme chart details the Opti-Sync Programme which outlines the products and timings required to deliver optimal reproductive performance (product overview below).
Anupro place quality assurance as a top priority with complete traceability of our entire product range. We participate in assurance schemes which have been developed to ensure optimum feed and animal safety.
As well as addressing the key elements of animal production systems; nutrition, housing and health, Anupro maintain an astute awareness of the environment and energy usage and all our processes are optimised for environmental sustainability.