Can anyone provide photos of how a heifer's udder develops, either if she's pregnant for the first time or if she's not and is just showing normal adolescent growth? I have an approximately year-and-a half old Jersey heifer, Pixie, that I had AI'd last August with mini Jersey bull semen, so if it took she should be due in June.
Her rear two quarters are expanding amazingly, but the front ones are not expanding as much nor as quickly. Also, the rear teats are where I'd expect them to be, at the apexes of the rear quarters, but the front teats seem to be too close to the rear ones. The positions of the front teats does NOT correspond to where the biggest bulges of the front quarters are. (Sorry I haven't taken photos yet.) It almost seems like the front teats are lying in the valley between the front quarters and the back quarters. Will this even out in time?
Before she was bred, she had a cute little tiny udder and I didn't suspect anything was abnormal about it. I haven't seen definite heat behavior in Pixie, and I did before she was bred; but my other cow's young calf (now about 5 months old) keeps going into exaggerated heats which confuses everything because I don't know if Pixie is also in heat when that frolicking happens. So what I'm seeing might be normal development for a first-time-pregnant heifer, right?
Thanks for any insights! - Janet (posspix)
Last Edit: Oct 21, 2010 19:17:54 GMT -5 by barnydhppy
I don't know if Pixie is different from Willa because of the breed difference, but Willa's udder didn't really begin to expand and fill until right before she calved. And the teat length and centeredness on the quarter changed too, for instance at first her front teats seemed too close to her back teats, but then as all four quarters filled and her udder evened out, so did the teats.
Last Edit: Feb 1, 2010 17:59:56 GMT -5 by barnydhppy
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Post by farmgirlwa on Jan 31, 2010 22:21:37 GMT -5
My Sophie is a first time Jersey heifer and her udder seemed to fill in the back first, now her udder is more balance, but the back quarters are still more full. I'm worried because she is building and has been building an udder for since the 1st of January...she isn't due until March 3rd. My experience with is with Polled Hereford or beef crosses and they seem to build right before calving, but every cow is different. Hope this helps Alicia
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