I think Heather was from Manitoba, actually. One province over from Sask. I remember her saying they had a couple -50 celsius nights last winter, and Manitoba is the coldest province. I miss her too, and wish she would check in more! Wondering how she is doing. As I said before, I do hope the heifer she kept back to take to Idaho was a young one-I really don't think the border is going to open to live cattle anytime soon, and if it does-likely only to younger cattle. I do still have her email, maybe I will try writing to her and seeing if she does have any bull prospects. It's not that they're too tough to find either, Dad told me he watched a few sell for only a few cents/lb, so they would have been about $200.00 each, but as my girls are already "supposed" to be bred, he didn't bother with them. I had talked to some friends of a friend before we got the girls bred too, and they were willing to give me a "deal" on their bull too-they only wanted $1500.00 for him! (Just coming 2 yrs, and a short leg to boot). Plus I'd have to pay to have him reg'd if I so wished. I told them no thanks!!
Lee Anne-thats awful that the younger cow is open-kinda narrows your choices a little though, doesn't it? It does make me nervous that Gabi is a Brown Swiss-I'm used to my pint size girls, and Gabi is a VERY big girl! I wonder about how economical she will be to feed/vs out put of milk. Mind you, for the price, I guess I can't lose...Still hasn't calved, just talked to Dad this am. He said she is very loose in the back end, and that he'd be willing to bet (I'll substitute the word anything for what he said, LOL!) that she is bred, and just waiting til it gets colder next week. I'm getting impatient........ I'm a little superstitious about getting too excited, he was sure she wasn't a long way away the last time we went thru this-and that was in Aug!! And one of my greatest fears is that she'll have the calf but it won't make it, and then, in the middle of the coldest part of winter, with a new baby on the way, I'll have to figure out how to graft a new calf onto her, or milk her! What was the statistics on the brown swiss that the lady said she had? Bred? How long had she been milking her? How old? Maybe she isn't a normal size brown swiss?? <fingers crossed>
Wife to Leroy, Momys to Jesse, Tabitha, Wyatt, Jacob & Luke.
In Alberta, with Flicka, Juliette, and Zoe. Purebred Canadian horses, and a whole host of other critters too!! RIP Gabi my dear Brown Swiss gal
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!
Aug 31, 2019 17:57:22 GMT -5
alpacalexi: My mini jersey cow is pregnant, however the last couple days her udder has deflated. My vet saw her on the 23 and said delivery in a couple weeks Is there a reason for her deflating?
Oct 2, 2019 17:17:00 GMT -5
Trim: She probably aborted a while back. That happened to one of my animals. She was bagging up but within a short while of her "due date" she began to deflate. I had no idea what had happened. I was seriously bummed out.
Feb 8, 2020 20:46:23 GMT -5
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