A spike in empty cow rates shows how easily nature can expose flaws in dairying best practice, says a Waikato vet.

Tirau vet and farmer Ian Scott said the exceptionally wet spring and early summer experienced in many parts of the country had played a large part in an increased number of cows failing to get in-calf.

Empty rates among his clients were sitting about 13-14 per cent, although he had seen some herds with a rate nearer 18 per cent and heard of others in the 20s..........

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