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I purchased 2 hereford heifers weighing ~ 450 lbs. from an auction in May 2000, to be fattened for slaughter. In the last two weeks there has been a definite develop in the udder of the smaller heifer as well as a significant change in her shape around the abdomen. Could she be pregnant, and if so what can I expect in terms of lenght of gestation, care of cow and calf etc?<br>Louise Malo
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If your heifers are indeed bred, they are getting close to calving. A May breeding date means a February calving date. At the weight you mention, you are likey in for a cesarian. They probably are about 750 pounds now, unless the nutrition has been very good, in which case they should be almost ready for slaughter near 1000 pounds.<p>Were you graining them everyday since May? It would have made them grow faster, but also the calf would grow to full potential.<p>Another option could be that the heifers are just fat and ready for slaughter. Fat will deposit in the udder area, it's hard to tell over the net whice scenario is more likley.<p>Your best bet is to have them pregnancy tested by a vet or a neighbor who does his own.<p>Jason Trowbridge<br>Southern Angus Farms<br>Alberta Canada
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