Note that this is in the UK…
Thursday 22 November 2012
It follows reports from scanners that they are seeing unusually high numbers of barren animals, failed pregnancies and dead foetuses on some farms this season.
An Oxfordshire beef producer scanned 80 suckler cows two weeks ago and was shocked to discover that 43 were in calf and 37 were empty.
“We’re a closed herd and we have never had this problem before,” he said. “It was painful doing the PDs (pregnancy diagnostic tests) – it felt like having your teeth pulled out with no anaesthetic.”
The farmer is not putting the losses down to poor nutrition as, despite this year’s bad weather, there has been plenty of grass.
“We didn’t start feeding them until the second week of October, because they all had plenty of grass this summer. Whether it’s the wet weather, I don’t know.”