Miss Moo is…..

FFR Miss Moo 10-18-2013

Miss Moo is….not expecting a calf. :( Sniff. Sniff.

On Monday our vet came out to check to see if Miss Moo bred, but unfortunately the August AI (artificial insemination) did not take. We were disappointed but we are trying again. This time the vet gave Miss Moo a shot to bring on her heat cycle, which should occur any day now. Once we see signs of her heat we will call the vet and he will come out and AI her again and give her another shot, if I am understanding correctly. All of this is new to us so forgive me if I get a few things mixed up! Trying to keep things straight but somehow think it may take another time or two of going through AI before it sticks in this brain of mine.

Now….here’s to hoping for a 2014 fall calf.

The vet was impressed with how much weight Miss Moo had put on since late August – yay for the new pasture and the extra grain portions! We really couldn’t take the credit…but we are very, very happy that he noticed the difference. He said she was in “working condition” and could probably still use another 150-200 lbs, so we will keep her grain portion the same and feed her our hay, which is better quality than the stuff we previously got. She was hardly gaining anything on the old hay but our hay is “gold” ;). Seriously, Miss Moo doesn’t even want to eat the old stuff anymore, that’s saying a lot for a cow because cows usually are not so picky. And she really does prefer our hay.

Unfortunately, our second cutting just got cut last week and was baled on Monday. The weather conditions were not the best so our hay did not dry as it should have, but it’s ok for cows. Our horse does not eat hay due to his teeth. Older horses like him (29+ years) often have poor teeth, if any at all. That’s why we feed him mush. More about older horses in a future post though!

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13 comments

  1. Sorry she isn’t expecting. Miss moo is adorable.

  2. Wow, I didn’t even know cows could be AI…I guess they could be, but I never even thought of it!

  3. Sad that Miss Moo isn’t expecting. Hope it happens soon. :)

  4. Marcie W. says:

    I’m sorry about her big fat negative :( I’m sending her healthy calf vibes!

  5. Stefanie says:

    Good luck miss Moo!

  6. Kathleen says:

    I hope it works out for you all, and you get a little calf!

  7. Penelope, AI is convenient for farmers who do not keep a bull on site. As tempting as it is to have a bull, I don’t think we’ll ever be brave enough, especially with young children. A farm friend was mauled by one last year. He lived but is still living with a few side affects from his mauling. We didn’t hear about it until this year because we aren’t in touch with them very often. Still an eye opener though.

  8. Leilani says:

    Well I hope the second AI goes well and Miss Moo gets knocked up.

  9. Shell Feis says:

    Aww I’m sorry she’s not expecting. Fingers crossed the next time it takes!

  10. Kelsey Apley says:

    She is so beautiful, she really is!!! Sorry she isn’t expecting, hopefully if you try again it will come back positive!!

  11. This AI sounds a lot better than inviting a horny bull over to your house. Now, that could be unseemly…lol. Good luck.

  12. Lolo says:

    So sorry to hear. I did not know they did artificial insemination on animals.

  13. Bummer!!! Hope it takes this time. My kids would love to come out to see a baby cow!!

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