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Table 1 Dairy herd fertility problems encountered by veterinary practitioners in Ireland, The Netherlands and Portugal (responses in %*).

From: Veterinary dairy herd fertility service provision in seasonal and non-seasonal dairy industries - a comparison

  All veterinary respondents (n = 122) Veterinary practitioners in Ireland (n = 47) Veterinary practitioners in the Netherlands (n = 44) Veterinary practitioners in Portugal (n = 31)
Has dairy herd fertility declined in your practice?
Yes 76.2 80.9 88.6 51.6
No 13.1 0 2.3 48.4
Don't know 10.7 19.1 9.1 0
Why do you think this is?
Inadequate dairy cow management 20.5 19.1 25 16.1
Increased milk yield 18.9 23.4 15.9 16.1
Inadequate dairy cow nutrition 18.9 21.2 9.1 29.0
Increased genetics for milk yield 15.6 21.2 9.1 16.1
Increased dairy herd size 9 6.4 18.2 0
Increased disease in dairy herds 4.9 6.4 4.5 3.2
Don't know 17.2 14.9 31.8 0
What are the main fertility problems you encounter in dairy herds?
Poor oestrus detection 73.8 55.3 90.9 77.4
Puerperal problems 64.8 80.9 59.1 48.4
Repeat breeders 64.8 59.6 54.5 87.1
Poor conception rates 56.5 66.0 38.6 67.7
  1. *Each % figure represents the percentage of respondents who provided this answer and as each respondent could provide multiple responses within some questions, the total % for each question does not necessarily add up to 100%.