Heat detection requires thorough observation regardless of which aid you choose to use. To help ensure success, follow these tips.
|Observe the cows for 30 minutes twice a day, early in the morning and early in the evening. Consider observations at noon when mounting activity is high.|
|Observe cows away from the feed bunk.|
|Hot weather, high production, crowded conditions or high stress environments may curtail mounting activity. Adjust your observations accordingly.|
|Cows in standing heat average about 1.5 mounts per hour and are in heat 6-8 hours.|
|Cows may be willing to mount others even though neither may stand for a mount.|
|Cows in pre-heat may bawl, be restless or sniff, lick or headbutt other cattle.|