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Can't get heifer bred!!
« on: May 12, 2020, 08:42:41 AM »
Hi!! So I have a brangus premium gold heifer that is 26 months old.. I have been trying to get her bred for a few months and this is what's happening... December 27th (I think) she was AI'ed.. didn't take.. She came in heat February 7th and was with bull and watched bull breed her.. Well she stayed out there for 25 days and did not come back in heat, so we thought she was bred and brought her home on day 29 to bleed her to preg check the next day!! Well I come out in the morning and the steers are mounting her  >:(  Put her back out with the bull and she keeps coming in heat on day 30  ???

So I had a vet come out to get thoughts and He said anything Brahman influenced is a little later maturing and her heats may not be fertile.. I asked what the deal was with her coming I heat on day 30 ever since she's been with the bull, he said she has the calendar wrong  ::)

So I had another vet come out and had her ultrasound her... Well the vet said her CL was not near the size it should be in order to sustain a pregnancy and there were no follicles, so she told us to give her Cystorelin.. We did, that was may 7th.. vet is coming back out the 14th to ultrasound again and see if there are any changes!!

If you have any advice please share!! She needs to get bred!! Thanks  :)

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Re: Can't get heifer bred!!
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2020, 09:35:07 AM »
Typical reduced or infertility associated with show cattle nothing new here.  Suppose you could get her bred artificially somehow but are these really genetics you want to propagate!?

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Re: Can't get heifer bred!!
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2020, 10:59:18 AM »
I definitely want to keep her genetics!! I should mention she is fat as in show ready and is on a diet!! Maybe she is to fat!! Thanks

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Re: Can't get heifer bred!!
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2020, 11:52:47 AM »
If she consistently returns to heat every 30 days,  this suggests that she is actually getting pregnant but that she is unable to maintain a corpus luteum (CL)  to sustain pregnancy.   The findings of the second Veterinarian that the CL is too small tend to substantiate this assumption.   It is time to cut  your losses and move on.   

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Re: Can't get heifer bred!!
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2020, 12:33:56 PM »
I knew she didn't have the calendar wrong and figured she was getting bred but aborting for some reason! I don't know why of all heifers it has to be her!!  :'(

The vet came out a week after she was in heat to ultrasound

Thank you for your suggestions :) <beer>

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Re: Can't get heifer bred!!
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2020, 01:23:24 PM »
Has she been vaccinated for lepto?
Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.  -Ronald reagan

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Re: Can't get heifer bred!!
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2020, 01:53:44 PM »
Hmmm I think so.. I'll have to find out for sure though!

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Re: Can't get heifer bred!!
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2020, 03:17:53 PM »
Hmmm I think so.. I'll have to find out for sure though!
If not talk to your vet about that possibility before you send her down the road.
Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.  -Ronald reagan

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Re: Can't get heifer bred!!
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2020, 08:44:55 PM »
Yes she was vaccinated!

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Re: Can't get heifer bred!!
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2020, 04:10:08 PM »
Next time you breed her put a cidr back in her and leave it for 30 days(Yes you read that right)  then Draw blood upon pulling cidr
Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best. -Tim Duncan

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Re: Can't get heifer bred!!
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2020, 04:20:37 PM »
Show stopper hit it right breed her then shove a cidr in her
It's suppose to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.

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Re: Can't get heifer bred!!
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2020, 09:23:26 PM »
But... was she vaccinated with a Lepto hardjo-bovis bacterin, like Spirovac?  And boostered appropriately?

The old 5-way Lepto vaccines don't work against L.hardjo-bovis, which is a cattle-adapted strain, and typically presents as early embryonic death and frequent return to heat... rather than mid- to late-term abortions, like the other Lepto strains.

If not... a round of long-acting oxytetracycline (LA-200/300) may be in order, in addition to administration of the proper 2-dose regimen of a HB Lepto bacterin.
« Last Edit: May 17, 2020, 09:25:29 PM by Lucky_P »

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Re: Can't get heifer bred!!
« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2020, 10:27:41 PM »
I will have to double check about the lepto vaccine! She did get her boosters though!!

The vet came back out to ultrasound and found a little bit of improvement... Her CL was larger and she saw some follicles!!! She did some calling around to other vets to get some ideas (and backup plans)
on what to do!!

This is what she told me to do...

Diet: 7% protein hay and 40% (I think) cattle cubes at half a pound per week for 30 days

Put cidr in for 7 days then switch to new cidr on day 7 and leave in for another 7 days, on last day give gnrh in the am and then another shot of it in the pm, pull cidr out.

I will have to double check to make sure I got all of the info though and see about the lepto!!

Thank you guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  (thumbsup) <beer>

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Re: Can't get heifer bred!!
« Reply #13 on: May 18, 2020, 09:00:36 AM »
Ok so I double checked about the info and some of its wrong  ::)

This is it:
Diet: free mineral, 7% protein hay, and 38-40% cubes at 1\2 lb per week

Breeding: insert cidr for 14 days, then remove and replace with new cidr for 14 more days, then remove and inject with gnrh, then repeat gnrh 12 hours later. Turn out with bull

I will still have to double check on the lepto though! Thanks

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Re: Can't get heifer bred!!
« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2020, 10:00:05 PM »
How fat is she?  When was the last time she was shown? 

We typically breed heifers at 14-16 months of age.  Twenty-six months of age and still open seems excessive.

I would have to agree with Idalee.  Time to "Cut Bait".

However if you insist on trying one more time, quit "Screwing around with her and her natural maturation and development" with chemicals.  Give her some time.

1.  Vaccinate her with "everything under the sun" for cattle in your geographic area.

2. Worm her and pour her for parasites. 

3. Insert fly tags and maybe even give her a magnet.

4. Put her "Out on pasture" and a good free choice mineral with other cows and a herd bull and bring her up in the fall. 

5. Pregnancy check her.

6. Bred: Retain her.  Open: Sell her.


We've all had to do it.  Just because she is pretty...does not make her a great cow...

 

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