To breed a cow without the actual bull you need frozen semen. Well of course you do!!
This gadget. The semen is in a small straw that fits into the end of this, once it gets through the cervix the semen is gently released into the uterus.
And to get that far you will need one of these. A sleeve that goes right up to your shoulder.
Then a good whiff of this before you start because this is a smelly business especially if you have a gassy cow.
Many people learn the procedure of Artificial Insemination but I am lucky to have the Lady Vet who is kind enough to come out and do the breeding once a year. So, Daisy has been bred, and we now have to wait 30 days to see if it took. I really, really hope so, I told her to go into the next room and lie down with her legs in the air. She huffed.
But Queenie. Our sweet little Queenie was not having any of it. Her cervix would not relax at all. So we will try again in 21 days. You really do not want the details. No-one wants to hear a cow talk about her insides. She was in heat though, which means she is fertile so there is no reason why it will not work next time. Fingers crossed. The Lady Vet said this has only ever happened to her once before in her career. That she could not breed a cow.
But Queenie says she thinks Grue Grit is a pompous ass anyway.
That’s ok. We can try again. I need Daisy to calve in early spring but Queenie can be a little later, I don’t have to milk HER through the winter if the dates get too late!
The Lady Vet has given the OK for Daisy to go down to once a day milking tomorrow and then a week after that we will dry her up. Because of her history of mastitis we will dry the udder using injections into the udder. They go up through the teat and this is one procedure Delicate Daisy does not even flinch for. Which is lucky as I am right underneath her when I do it. So I am fairly confident. If we dry her up well there is every chance that when she freshens again with a new calf, her udder will reset itself and be back to normal. And I will know so much more next time. Things will run more smoothly I am sure.
We have the promise of sun today. The birds are loud outside so I think they know it too. Maybe today I can get into the bee hives. Also the floor men are coming this morning, they will put the floor down in the Coupe and it will be done by Wednesday. Then it will really start to look like a Tiny House.
Have a lovely day.
your friend, celi