Accurately determining when a cow is on heat ensures a more successful mating period. You need a clear process, good observation and effective use of a reliable heat detection tool. Water-based tail paint is your simplest, safest and most cost-effective option.
An effective tail painting plan can help you identify almost 90 percent of cows on heat. When applied properly, tail paint will reliably provide a visual indication of when a cow has stood to be mounted and consequently rubbed, to show that she is on heat. It also helps to pick up cows that are on heat for a short time and might otherwise be missed.
The “detection to pregnancy” cycle is about 12 weeks. Each stage can be identified by a different colour and to create a systematic painting plan, GEA FIL’s ‘Detail’ tail paint comes in six fluorescent colours – green, blue, red, orange, yellow and pink.
Detail is a water-based tail paint and is gaining popularity as a more environmentally-friendly option than the standard oil-based paints – minimising health and safety risks on-farm. Being water-based, it is also gentler on the skin, so it is better for cow comfort, particularly when they are severely rubbed. Plus, there is less risk to the operator’s skin. Detail is also faster drying (dries in 10 minutes) and is easily cleaned up with a bit of water if spilt. Furthermore, it is no less effective than oil-based tail paint, with similar adhesive and visibility qualities. Detail is visible for up to 21 days^.
The one litre (L) Detail applicator comes with a built-in brush for easy application, while the 10L pail is a more cost-effective option and partners well with Tail-Mate™, a uniquely curved tail paint roller that provides good coverage along the tail bone in one easy roll.
For more information on best practise tail painting this mating, talk to your local Technical Sales Rep or GEA FIL Area Manager.
* In the case of non-cycling cows, seek advice from your animal health professional.
^ Subject to conditions and correct application.
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