Spaying Heifers can Reduce Costs

The Meagher Ovary Flute

"It's clear that spayed heifers implanted and marketed at the proper time will outperform their intact counterparts. Feedlot operators realize these figures, coupled with potential problems of abortion, calving/dystocia problems and increased labor costs of pregnant heifers, make pregnant heifers a definite feedlot liability."

-- Daryl Meyer, DVM. "Spaying Pays." Beef Magazine. April, 2005.

The Meagher Ovary Flute is a unique new instrument for the vaginal approach to spaying heifers. It was invented, developed and patented by Dr. Harry Disney, a general practitioner in Montana for over 20 years. Here are some of the advantages of the instrument:

Simple & Rugged
The Meagher Ovary Flute is a simple design made with sturdy materials. There are no small components - such as allen screws or springs - and the instrument never requires any adjustments or recalibration. It can withstand substantial abuse and still perform. The instrument is simple to disassemble and clean, and the materials are suitable for autoclaving.

A simple surgical instrument made with sturdy materials

(side view)

Proven Technique
The vaginal approach is a proven procedure for spaying heifers that leaves no marks on the flank, minimizes trauma to the animal, and requires relatively little set up. The instrument is designed to store the severed ovaries and remove them from the heifer, providing physical proof that the animal has been sterilized.

Prevents partially severed ovaries, or dropped ovaries from reattaching.

(bottom view)

Easy to Use
There are no complex procedures required to use the Meagher Ovary Flute. Simply holding the instrument in your hand, it becomes clear how it works. It requires the same level of knowledge and dexterity as are required for palpating cows.

An easy-to-use surgical instrument

(top view)

Patented Improvements
The Meagher Ovary Flute is sufficiently unique to have a patent granted on the design. Many elements of the design make the instrument safe, for both the veterinarian and the animal.