Just finished pregnancy checking a few cows, including my recip (recipient) cows. Remember that 10 cows were implanted with Aberdeen-Angus embryos on the 24th and 25th of September. The verdict: of the ten, six are bred! That is 60%! Which is so exciting. It sounds like a low percentage, but consider that these embryos were collected and frozen in Scotland on 17 March 2015, then shipped frozen in August to Los Angeles, passed through customs, then on to GENEX in Billings, Montana continuing to Trans-Ova in Chillicothe, MO. Then thawed and implanted. That’s a LOT of room for error.
These cows are scheduled to calve about 25 June 2016. A lot can happen between now and then and even at calving and during the calf’s growing years. So the risk continues.
Suffice it to say, i may have the most colourful recip cows in the county!
Fought severe allergy after coming in at 1am this morning. It’s really, really bad out there; the wind seems to be keeping it stirred. Took two Benadryl (so far Zyrtec had been holding, but no longer). Finally, got to sleep about 3am.
Alarm off at 6:30 – i accidentally hit the snooze, but thank goodness, because i didn’t get up! Up and out by 6:45am. Couple of heat detector patches are turned blue, which means heats in the wee hours. I wrote down the numbers. Still concerned about the lack of activity.
Set up a poly wire and posts to give them more grazing allotment.
It was SO good to see June smile again! She had been very self-conscious about her smile because her front teeth were missing (they had broken some weeks earlier). Now with her new partial in place, she is free to relax, smile, and be herself. What a blessing.
Checked the cows – one more in standing heat.
High allergy again with so much wind and heat (87F feels like 93), so i cannot spend long outside before staggering back into the a/c for a couple of hours. I sure don’t like to hurry the time, but that first frost is always such a relief.
Mostly rested today, signed some paperwork for an EQIP NRCS conservation programme, scanned, and e-mailed the copies back. Checking the cows every two hours, transplanted three potted mums into the front landscaping, snapped and froze two gallons of green beans, hooked onto the little stock trailer and pulled it up to the seed plant – not sure how it ended up at our house, but that happens, and doing my daily exercises. Oh, yes, and i took a much needed nap!
Last heat check at 8pm, then get ready for bed. Grab some shut-eye, the up for check about 1am.