I am soooooo mad!!!!! Camelia has come into heat for the THIRD time while running with Rocky!! She is out there bellowing her head off and he is moseying aroung the pasture grabbing a bite of hay here and there and occasionally attempting a pathetic mount now and then!! She is doing everything but wrestling him to the ground. Thirty days from now he will be in my freezer! I am making arrangements to have her taken to another bull (black angus) next heat cycle as I'm pretty sure she won't be pregnant this time either Has anyone ever heard of a bull acting so stupid? I also have a 'suspected freemartin' who cycles every three weeks. I have always let her and Rocky do "their thing" but just assumed she hasn't gotten pregnant because she is a freemartin. Now, I'm not so sure that she's the problem.
Sally, I got him from a man who got him from a dairy sale when he was 6 months old. He is now 19 months old.
Claire, He does have a pretty mellow personality. He wasn't very agressive in his love-making last cycle either but I did see them complete the task and she should have settled. According to Camelia's previous owner, she has never had any trouble getting pregnant. As far as Rosie, the freemartin, is concerned, I think I may see if Hershey can service her. She and Hershey run together in a pasture of their own and he is 8 months old. Maybe in a couple of months we'll see some action. Rosie is a small Jersey so Hershey should have no trouble reaching her.
I tell you!!! This cow breeding/bull keeping buisness can make one want to tear their hair out sometimes! We recently turned an extreamly well bred... not to mention expensive... lovely black angus bull into hamburger! He has totally upset our beef cow breeding program .. luckily I let "Tank" our red angus bull breed Lizzy (my milk cow) before we sold him last summer... Turns out the black angus bull had a strangulation of the testicles. I found that out when I butchered him! I think he may have been "damaged" as a yearling or so at the ranch we got him from. This was definitly a case of hindsight is 20/20. The ranch was using him as a clean up bull and had not as yet had him semen tested. We were supposed to take him to the vet on the way home but were in a hurry... the rancher we got him from is a friend of a friend with an excellent reputation as a breeder so we thought there would be no problem! That semen test of a few dollars would have saved us an awful lot in the long run!!!
Rose and husband Darrell in Monument, OR. Animal pals include Brown Swiss/Jersey girl Lass, her daughter Heidi, Brandy and Bella the Rottweiler dogs, cats, beef cattle, horses, pigs & fowl. Volunteer EMT, riding instructor, custom butcher... first and foremost a farmer!
I hear you, Rose. I never thought I would wind up with a dud for a bull. I've kept that rascal for over a year! However, I don't know why I'm surprised. If its going to happen, it will happen to me! If a cow has a rare disease or unheard of problem, I'll be the one to get her.
Midge, How is YOUR Romeo? Sure wish I could use him for a couple of days
Hiya Sherry, I've had Romeo running with the girls three weeks today. Lizzie was just going out of heat when he arrived but it was obviously too late in her cycle as he is one step behind her today. Bugga, I had hoped she'd be the first to settle
I noticed that he was having a bit of trouble with his aim when serving one of the bigger, new cows a couple of weeks ago. So I'm hoping he's had time to perfect his technique since then
Little Maggie spent a few days driving him insane with her flirting from afar during her second heat at 4 months old!
All the girls are cycling now with his presence so let's hope he's not a boy sent to perform a mans job
Midge - who stays permanently logged on to save precious time;-) New Zealand Milk-maid to Lizzie and Boss Cow of a growing herd of glorious Jerseys
claytonpaul: A bull was put on her herd Late Last May so she was expected to be due between May1 and August. They quoted me August so I wouldn't be disappointing by a late arrival.
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Trim: I'm baaaaacccckkkk!
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