Sunday, May 18, 2008
Secret may be pregnant
My Jersey Heifer, Secret, started coming into heat regularly before she was six months old. Ideally, you want a cow to have her first calf at about two years of age. Cattle, like humans, carry their babies in utero for nine months. Since Secret was born in February, the time had come to get the deed done.
Trouble is, she's been very sneaky about her heat periods in the past two months; we've been unable to catch her in action. So Cliff gave her a shot Thursday that causes a cow to come in heat within three days. It worked like a charm, and today she was in the mood for romance.
We don't own a bull. We have always used artificial insemination for any Jersey cows we've owned. I had to call a couple of local veterinarians to locate a breeder, but I found success. He came today.
What do you suppose Secret is thinking? Something like, "I asked for a bull, I get this man with the big hand?"
Hopefully she "took" on the first try. Usually, they do.
That's the tiny "straw" that contained the little swimmers. Would you like to see the bull who contributed said swimmers?
Tada!!! Meet Sunset Canyon Maximus, the daddy of my next calf.