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The Big Show / Re: Cow Having Hard Time with Hot Weather
« on: July 31, 2016, 09:18:45 PM »
Yes, we have fescue mix, but this started back in April, early May, before the fescue got mature and the cool season grass was plentiful and lush.  And it was comfortable weather.  She is a Man Among Boys, so I'm guessing THC.

The Big Show / Cow Having Hard Time with Hot Weather
« on: July 29, 2016, 08:45:53 PM »
We have a 3 year old cow that is really struggling with the 90 degree, high humidity, southern Indiana heat.  She stands in the coolest place she can find, usually in some water, and pants with her tongue out just trying to get all the air in she can.  She's not overly fat, small in size, and we body clipped her in May to help her.  But as it's got hotter she's still not taking it well.  The odd thing is, she has a late March steer on her that does the same thing.  He's a small calf, low birthweight, follows her body size, and is not overly haired up, but he's the only one of the calves that is bothered by the heat.  Is there a chance this is an inherited trait?  Thinking of culling her if it is.  Concerned one day she'll collapse from heat exhaustion and if her offspring are all like this, we're just promoting the problem.  The calf has 2 other sire mates and they are fine.

The Big Show / Cow Having Difficulty Urinating
« on: July 15, 2016, 09:21:42 PM »
Saw something this evening that has me wondering.  Noticed a cow humped up with her tail over her back trying to urinate.  She was dribbling a little and looked to be prolapsing with a baseball size, red protrusion.  I watched her like this a few minutes, then she took several steps, urinated a fair amount, but not a large amount.  After that she started grazing and was relaxed.  She never really strained a lot.
She calved around mid March and is still nursing.  She was A.I.ed in May and been with the clean-up bull since June 5.  She was standing 4 days ago and I suppose was serviced, but I didn't observe a breeding since it was almost dark.
Any ideas what the protrusion meant and why she could only dribble small amounts of urine?  Any chance it had something to do with the breeding 7/11?

The Big Show / Re: Squeeze Chute/Alleyway System
« on: July 01, 2016, 10:03:42 PM »
If you have a barn/shelter or can build one, definitely put it under roof.  Especially if you AI or work cattle rain or shine.  It will be easier on you and less stressful for everyone.

The Big Show / Rye Straw
« on: June 05, 2016, 11:23:36 AM »
What is your opinion of Rye straw compared to Wheat for bedding?  is it as absorbent?  Just being used for calving, not tie stalls at shows.

The Big Show / Re: False Heat??
« on: May 31, 2016, 08:38:04 PM »
I know the frustration you're having when you think they're bred having passed over on her 21 day post breeding cycle.  But you say she was bred 6 weeks ago.  So this is her second cycle after breeding (42 days +/-).  One thing that aggravates me to no end is when a cow is showing all the signs of being in heat, but no one wants anything to do with her.  If she stood for the cow you had separated, she was in heat.  Of  course, too late now since you first posted yesterday.  She should cycle again around June 20, unless she really is bred, which I doubt.

The Big Show / Re: TAI Protocols
« on: May 27, 2016, 08:00:50 PM »
I contacted an A.I. Tech that does A.I. full time and breeds pretty much all day, every day in the spring.  He likes Cidr and Gnrh, pull Cidr's 8 days later, not seven, give Estrumate for tighter heats when pulling Cidr.  He breeds nursing cows 60 hours after pulling Cidr and Estrumate.  Virgin heifers he breeds at 48 hours.

We Cidr'ed tonight, pulling Cidr's Sat., June 4 about 7 p.m., breeding Tues. at 7 a.m. (60 hours).  He's had this business for many years, at least 10 - 15 that I know, so if he didn't get respectable rates, he'd be out of business.

I'll keep you informed.

The Big Show / TAI Protocols
« on: May 18, 2016, 05:41:27 PM »
I've been hit with an unfortunate situation and need advice.  My AI tech is injured and can not AI this spring.  We have a few more to go and wonder what is best.  My ABS rep can do it but would like them synced to make one trip (TAI).  Here's the deal on the cows:
2 - were set up for embryo implant 5/16.  They had cyst on ovary and were rejected.  GnRh was injected.
2 - are first calf heifers 40 days plus post-partum.  I tried something by Cidring to get them to jump-start cycling but did not breed.  Intending to Lute 11 days post-estrus from Cidr and then breed on heat detection.  They cycled off Cidr 5/10.

Scenario #1 - Lute all 4 around 5/25 and schedule TAI 5/28.  This will eliminate repeat Cidr protocol, but will they TAI off just Lute?  I may use Estrumate.

Scenario #2 - Cidr all 4 again around 5/21 with TAI 5/31?  Are there any negative affects in repeat Cidring 3 weeks after first Cidr protocol?  All 4 would be Cidr'ed 11 - 13 days after last heat.

My objectives here are first setting them up for the ABS Rep to make one trip.  Second, trying to stay in a March calving period.  I have a clean-up bull to catch the misses, so they're being AI'ed just once.  Really appreciate your feedback.  Be honest, but not too brutal!!LOL

Upcoming Shows / Dearborn Co. Open Jr. Show
« on: May 13, 2016, 08:30:13 PM »
June 18, 2016, 1:00 p.m., entries close at 10 a.m. Lawrenceburg, IN call 812-584-4330 for more info.  judge, Jon Jordan

The Big Show / Setting up with CIDR's
« on: April 30, 2016, 07:31:30 PM »
I have an idea for 2 late calving first calf heifers.  Can I CIDR but not breed after CIDR protocol and instead Lute 11 days after CIDR heat to get a better chance of a fertile heat?  I doubt they have cycled having calved only three weeks and a month ago.  First calf heifers are harder to settle for second calf, so I'd run less risk of wasting semen.  At least this is my thought.  Any other ideas?

The Big Show / Sires for Flushing
« on: March 22, 2016, 10:14:29 PM »
Have a very moderate 4X4 cow we might flush since she is getting older.  She's good necked, fairly deep-bodied, sound except a bit bold in the shoulder.  She's still youthful in her appearance and structure.  Looking mainly for females but half could be bulls, so don't want to throw them away as feeders.  Hannibal worked on her several years ago but both were bulls/steers.  How does Dr. Who, Hi Ho Silver, I-80 son (Driving 80?), any others???

The Big Show / Recent Calved Cow With Runs
« on: March 16, 2016, 09:00:11 PM »
Have a cow with squirting runs that calved two days ago.  She's on orchardgrass hay, no clover or alfalfa, no grain.  Any ideas why?  What could I give her?

The Big Show / Re: Cows' Vulva Expanding
« on: March 14, 2016, 09:50:11 PM »
Ten year old cow calved last night unassisted, no prolapsing, cleaned well, all is well.  She wasn't A.I.ed.  Tried to use for a recip but she didn't have a CL on transplant day.  Put clean-up bull in June 5 and removed July 5.  So she must have gotten bred NS right away.  June 5 breeding would make calving March 15 (283 days).  Like I posted earlier, she was pushing out for the last 3 - 4 weeks.

The Big Show / Re: Cows' Vulva Expanding
« on: March 11, 2016, 06:01:16 PM »
The picture you provided is what I am seeing.  Have seen this other years, just seems earlier than normal from due date.  No straining or pushing, or when standing.  I know cow age has a lot to do with it, but one is only 5.  Could it also be a sign of big calf?

The Big Show / Re: Cows' Vulva Expanding
« on: March 10, 2016, 10:37:10 PM »
Just when they're lying down and I'm sure it is pressure from the fetus.  Don't remember this starting this far before they calve.

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