STILL NO CALF -I think I gotta give up...?

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STILL NO CALF -I think I gotta give up...?

Post by heritagefarmer » Sat Mar 18, 2006 11:53 am

We bought a supposedly bred cow last summer with her 2005 calf at foot.

We are now at day 291 from her last possible shag and no calf, or outward signs. Although I'm working away and haven't seen her for a month, hubby and our neighbour are convinced there's something in there, and we never saw her in heat all last year.

Is it time to give up?

She's a Beltie :oops:


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Re: STILL NO CALF -I think I gotta give up...?

Post by heritagefarmer » Sat Mar 18, 2006 12:19 pm

heritagefarmer wrote:We bought a supposedly bred cow last summer with her 2005 calf at foot.

We are now at day 291 from her last possible shag and no calf, or outward signs. Although I'm working away and haven't seen her for a month, hubby and our neighbour are convinced there's something in there, and we never saw her in heat all last year.

Is it time to give up?

She's a Beltie :oops:

Come on you guys, I know you're reading it, give a rookie a break! What's the longest any of you had?
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Post by msscamp » Sat Mar 18, 2006 12:39 pm

I can't answer that question as I have not seen the cow. Gestation is usually listed as 283 days, but can vary 2 weeks in either direction. The length of gestation also varies from breed to breed (and within breeds), but I don't know how much of a variation that is. I also don't know the first thing about Belted Galloways. There is also the factor that some cows simply don't show signs of imminent calving - they just calve. If you're that concerned, might want to think about having your vet palpate her. Just my thoughts.
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Post by Gale Seddon » Sat Mar 18, 2006 12:39 pm

Well, you could have a vet preg-check her just to confirm what you suspect...if you bought her locally, you could contact the seller to see if he'll rebreed her for you or exchange her...I'm sure that others here will have some other suggestions.

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Post by heritagefarmer » Sat Mar 18, 2006 12:44 pm

Thanks, but that is not an option as we bought her from Ontario, quite a few miles away.... that's the trouble with rare breeds.
On the vet issue, we keep thinking, why call the vet when she's either going to drop it in the next week, or she's not....
and so we keep on waiting.
Wouldn't re-breed till June anyway, so we may as well hang in there.
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Post by Gale Seddon » Sat Mar 18, 2006 3:09 pm

Thank you. My husband is responsible for ours but there's a lot on there I'd like to change and I am clueless on doing that! I looked at yours and think you've done a great job. Never heard of Newfoundland Ponies before. Gorgeous scenery up there, wow!

What will you do if she's not pregnant? You have just the two, right? AI might be the answer.

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Post by heritagefarmer » Sat Mar 18, 2006 3:20 pm

Gale Seddon wrote:Thank you. My husband is responsible for ours but there's a lot on there I'd like to change and I am clueless on doing that! I looked at yours and think you've done a great job. Never heard of Newfoundland Ponies before. Gorgeous scenery up there, wow!

What will you do if she's not pregnant? You have just the two, right? AI might be the answer.


Newfie ponies are very rare- only 200 official breeding females ON THE PLANET. yes, we only have two Belties, we only started last year, they're rare too, but not a rare as the ponies.
We've already located semen for this year, hard part will be catching them in heat, if last year is anything to go by, we completely missed every one. We assumed she was in calf.

Never assume eh?

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Post by Bez! » Sat Mar 18, 2006 7:34 pm

heritagefarmer wrote:Thanks, but that is not an option as we bought her from Ontario, quite a few miles away.... that's the trouble with rare breeds.
On the vet issue, we keep thinking, why call the vet when she's either going to drop it in the next week, or she's not....
and so we keep on waiting.
Wouldn't re-breed till June anyway, so we may as well hang in there.
:help:

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I figure you should call the vet - get her preg checked and at the same time find out if she is a breeder.

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Post by stocky » Sat Mar 18, 2006 10:27 pm

Hard to have an opinion without seeing her, but if you wouldnt breed until June, just leave her alone and if she hasnt calved by then, bring in a vet to see if she will breed again or if she is done

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Post by heritagefarmer » Sun Mar 19, 2006 11:32 am

Shes a breeder alright, she had calf last year, and she's only 4yrs old.
Figure she must have slipped in transport,
But she's huge, and we didn't notice heat all last summer
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Post by Bez! » Sun Mar 19, 2006 2:17 pm

heritagefarmer wrote:Shes a breeder alright, she had calf last year, and she's only 4yrs old.
Figure she must have slipped in transport,
But she's huge, and we didn't notice heat all last summer


If you cannot palp her yourself and you are worried - I still say call the veterinarian.

Just because she had a calf last year does not mean she can have one this year.

Just because she is huge does not mean she is bred either.

Any chance you were given the wrong due dayes on her? How long has she been in YOUR possession?

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Post by heritagefarmer » Sun Mar 19, 2006 2:43 pm

she was shipped to us in 30th May, so that was her last possible service date, she's a week over now. neighbour is coming tomorrow for a look
What is the vet going to except confirm that she isn't?
Time will do that
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Post by Bez! » Sun Mar 19, 2006 3:11 pm

heritagefarmer wrote:she was shipped to us in 30th May, so that was her last possible service date, she's a week over now. neighbour is coming tomorrow for a look
What is the vet going to except confirm that she isn't?
Time will do that


Well if she is NOT bred, he may also be able to tell you why.

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Post by heritagefarmer » Sun Mar 19, 2006 3:19 pm

Bez! wrote:
heritagefarmer wrote:she was shipped to us in 30th May, so that was her last possible service date, she's a week over now. neighbour is coming tomorrow for a look
What is the vet going to except confirm that she isn't?
Time will do that


Well if she is NOT bred, he may also be able to tell you why.

I am sorry if you believe I have intruded.

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Intruded?
not at all!
why would I think that?
I'm just wondering why do the vet thing when she's not showing any signs yet?
I think she may have just slipped in transport if she was bred at all.
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Post by TR » Sun Mar 19, 2006 3:52 pm

heritagefarmer wrote:I'm just wondering why do the vet thing when she's not showing any signs yet?
I think she may have just slipped in transport if she was bred at all.


Well, for a bunch of reasons. What if she has a uterine infection and won't breed until you get it cleared up? What if its gone on for a length of time so that it can't be cleared up and she will never breed? If she's not bred, why not? Is there anything wrong that would cause her not to settle upon exposure to a bull?

I have one out here that I'm asking the same questions about. If she calved last year, how come she hasn't come in heat since she had that calf? I mean, it was a big calf, and she was a first calf heifer, but 2 Lute shots, CIDR, and still no heat cycle. Pulled calf, no heat cycle for almost a month after he was weaned, and even that was not a hot one. Has not been back in heat since. Should I assume she was bred and safely in calf, or should I have her ultrasounded to see if that one little breeding took? She is my favorite and had the top weaning calf last year. Not to mention that my space out here is limited, and I don't have the room to keep a non-producing cow out here, no matter how much of a favorite she is. I'd rather know if she is or is not bred, and if she isn't, why she hasn't settled. If there is a problem, I'd rather fix it now before it becomes unfixable in the future, or know for sure that she has settled, is healthy and sleep at night.

I may be a worry wart, but if I was breeding something as rare and wonderful as Belties, I would err on the side of caution and want to know for sure. Too many things can go wrong, and its not like you can go to the sale barn and pick up a replacement if something is wrong with her. But then again, thousands of cows get bred and have live healthy calves each year......

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