For all of you who have been so supportive and informative to a total neophyte, I finally got both my cows across the road to where the bull is.
The first one went over 3 or 4 weeks ago; the second one was a lot tougher! But my daughter was the one who really did it. For example, she held up her arms and shouted at the cow when she tried to return... I was just saying, no, no, Buttercup
She was in heat, which meant she really wanted to get there, but she ran right past the gate about 4 times
--and it only took about 3 minutes for the bull to find her in the crowd of 100+cows--at which point I said OK! Time for me to go home!
Thanks so much everyone for all your help! because otherwise, we wouldn't have made it
Good one Annie ;D Yep, those bulls have a great sense of smell as do the cows
I realize that it will be difficult for you to check your cows for signs of heat whilst running in a big herd and with them not being person friendly yet, but here's a website that has a calving date calculator. www.cattletoday.com/gestation.shtml
With your cows being just across the road perhaps you could keep an eye out in three weeks time to see if the bull is showing any interest in the one you took across today.
I got your pm and will be here to coach you through training these girls when you get them home again In the meantime you could study the documents and start thinking positive thoughts and building up a thirst for all that potential raw milk Don't forget you'll also be able to have milk shakes galore, butter, ice-cream, kefir, yogurt and cheese!!
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.
May 23, 2019 13:07:11 GMT -5
Trim: I'm baaaaacccckkkk!
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