While Scan Spec is a recent endeavour, our team has been in the New Zealand dairy farming industry for over 35 years. Based in Waikato, we have been providing the best care and imaging techniques possible since director Lief Johansen formally started the company in 2009 to provide a more personal approach to animal pregnancy testing and ultra sound scanning. Lief’s history began when he and a colleague introduced Dairy Herd Scanning to the New Zealand dairy farmer. This provoked worldwide interest. Following on from that venture, Scan Spec NZ Ltd was created to provide farmers a greater choice of expertise in a profession that had become tainted with less than optimum results.
Personally, Lief has been credited with inventing most of the on-farm equipment, systems and techniques now used for ultra sound scanning, most notable the ‘easy scan’ method with a rigid probe. His long list of improvisations soon lead to common practice, setting the industry standard as the results became undeniably important to dairy farms.
Most New Zealand farmers are now able to scan their herds efficiently due to Lief and the simplicity of his time-tested and well-developed techniques. Following his lead, pregnancy and pre mating scanning has become an integral part of animal husbandry on dairy and goat farms due to the inherent success.
Lief Johansen quite literally wrote the first franchise manual on the ultra sound scanning of dairy cows, sheep, deer, goats and the disbudding of calves. This was edited by two veterinarians whom made little if any changes to the time-tested techniques he pioneered. Also credited with the invention of a unique double crate for disbudding calves using anaesthetic which is now an accepted standard in dairy farming, Lief has provided training for many technicians and vets in pregnancy scanning and disbudding techniques. An additional 14 years working as an artificial insemination technician, has meant the unique combination of this experience has made an invaluable contribution to modern ultra scan techniques and pre-mating procedures.