How to blood pregnancy test cattle

Jul 2, 2024 | Educational Blog

1. Plan for sample collection at least 28 days post-breeding – either by AI or based on the last date the bull was with the heifers/cows.

2. Gather sample collection supplies. These can be purchased online through CentralStar or the veterinarian or farm supply store. Sample collection supplies required:

  • Red Top Vacutainer® Vial
  • Double-sided needle
  • Needle holder
  • Pen/marker

3. Collect a single blood sample from each animal.  Write the animal ID on her blood tube, so results accurately match the animal.

4. Store samples in the refrigerator if not shipping immediately. DO NOT FREEZE.

5. Complete sample submission form.

6. Package samples for shipment.

  • Use a hard sided cardboard box. DO NOT ship blood samples in a padded envelope.
  • During warmer months, ship samples with an ice pack in an insulated Styrofoam cooler box.
  • Add extra packing material to fill empty space in the box to absorb any condensation from the ice pack (old newspaper, paper towel, etc.).
  • Place sample submission form in a plastic bag inside the shipping container.

7. Ship samples via US Postal Service, UPS, or FedEx. If shipping to the Wisconsin lab, Spee-Dee Delivery is also available. Samples can be received in the laboratory Monday – Friday. Shipping earlier in the week increases the chances they will arrive the same week. When using a prepaid shipping label provided by CentralStar:

  • United States Postal Service (USPS) – if size appropriate, the box can be put in your mailbox. If the box is too large, contact your postal carrier or take it to your local post office.
  • UPS – Contact UPS directly for a pickup or take it to your local UPS drop off location.

8. Results available within 24 hours of receipt of samples at lab and will be sent via email, text, mail, or fax. If you do not indicate how you want to receive your results on the sample submission form, they will be printed and mailed to you.

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