Why use Ultrasound Scanning Technology

By: Wrs Livestock Scanning Services  05-Apr-2012
Keywords: Ultrasound Scanning

Ultrasound scanning technology for livestock is a powerful management tool that gives you more money in your pocket!

Scanning Livestock to Test for Pregnancy

Using ultrasound scanning technology to test for pregnancy in livestock not only tells you whether or not animals are pregnant, but also whether pregnant animals are carrying multiple foetuses (and if so, how many). Armed with this information you can make informed decisions such as:

The ability to make informed decisions like this will give you:

  • Improved survival rates for multiple births.
  • Improved survival rates for dams.
  • Improved milk production and weaning weights.
  • Improved returns from the sale of surplus livestock.
  • In other words - more money in your pocket!

Scanning Sheep to Determine Eye Muscle Area and Fat Depth

Eye muscle area (EMA) and fat depth scanning has been proven to be a reliable indicator of how much meat will be yielded in a sheep's carcass, which of course affects the price paid by the works. The advantages of using ultrasound scanning technology for muscle testing of sheep include:

  • You don't need to kill the sheep to gain this information.
  • Such information can be recorded on a ram's SIL record, thus making the ram more valuable to prospective purchasers.
  • Lambs with good EMA and growth rate can usually be sold earlier to the works and fetch higher prices.
  • You can improve the overall quality of your flock by culling sheep with poorer EMA results.
  • In other words - more money in your pocket!

Keywords: Ultrasound Scanning

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Our Team – Livestock Scanners, WRS Livestock Scanning Services Ltd

We have an experienced team of Scanners who are passionate about providing you with timely and accurate livestock scanning services. The joint owners of the company, Chris Spark and Steve Rosa, both work full-time as members of the scanning team. Ann takes all bookings, deals with all customer enquiries and arranges the work schedule for our Scanners.


Frequently Asked Questions about Livestock Scanning

For pregnancy scanning of sheep & goats we recommend that you provide 2-3 staff.For pregnancy scanning of cows we recommend you provide 1 or 2 staff.For pregnancy scanning of deer we recommend that you provide at least 1 or 2 staff member.For muscle scanning of sheep we recommend that you provide 2 staff.


Pregnancy Testing of Sheep – Sheep scanning

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