My family says it looks like a calf moving but she hasn't been around a bull - however she did escape on to the road some time around November last year when the gate was left open by a postman, and the neighbours do have cattle, but as far as we are aware she didn't get into anyone's paddock. Is this just normal belly movement from digestion etc, or something more? Or is it worth getting a blood test done to confirm? Or just wait it out? They are going to try bumping her tomorrow to feel for a calf.
It also happens that she has been getting increasingly fat lately and recently dried herself up after two years in milk. Also last time she was pregnant she walked with a slight hunch, just like she has been doing recently.
That sure looks like a calf kicking to me. If she was out in November, you've got about a month till she would calve. Rachel
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Post by jerseyrose on Jul 12, 2019 13:46:24 GMT -5
Is she not supposed to be bred? If that isn't conformation of a calf in there, I don't know what is!!
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So we had an "immaculate conception calf" 2 uears ago. To our knowledge one of our beed heifers never left our property and we had no bull. DH and I got sus when we twigged she hadn't had a heat for a while. She was a pacing screamer. Only option is she jumped out and back in again. Never seen her go over or through a fence since then either. My Nana had a 20 month old who was again not with a the bull drop a surprise calf. She would have been 12 months old when she snuck out and back in the maiden paddock. Congratulations.
Post by westxgrl13 on Jul 12, 2019 18:27:10 GMT -5
That's got to be a honkin' big stork, mommasquilts! I love it!!!
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Thanks guys! It's a bit of a surprise but then we aren't exactly sure what they got up to when they escaped. A neighbour helped bring them back, I suppose it's possible she got into their paddock and they just didn't mention it.
I will report back once I hear how it went when they try to bump the calf.
According to my sister, after inspecting her today, it is "definitely a baby". She compared it to Tallulah's belly, which was "squishy and floppy" and then Arwen felt like "she has a brick in there". She didn't even have to try bumping it as it was easily felt moving and rolling around from the surface. Here's the video from this evening of the calf kicking: drive.google.com/file/d/1nyV0e-0hucNRx-kTPTmG689xyzbk2zFd/view Is it just me, or is that a WHOLE LOT of movement going on for just one calf? It looks like an earthquake in there
So.... a nice surprise! I didn't realise at first that the cows escaped 8 months ago so when my sister told me she was starting to get really fat and had dried up I didn't even consider that she could be pregnant.
We think it's a droughtmaster or similar beef breed. Hopefully, because I think that should make the calf guaranteed polled. My older sister said she has seen the neighbour grazing their cattle on the road side once, which might explain how it happened. What a lucky coincidence to have the gate open on a day that Arwen just so happened to be cycling, and the neighbour's cattle just so happened to be out as well?
Post by Debbie Lincoln on Jul 13, 2019 21:30:46 GMT -5
My little Abbey once jumped the fence to be with our next door neighbors bull and came back the same way. If I hadn’t seen her come back, I never would have known.... Arwen is definitely pregnant. Congratulations.
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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