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Flushing a heifer?

whitecow

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I've never flushed an 18 month old heifer, but I have flushed several 12-15 month olds. Use a smaller dose of FSH and only flush them once before letting them have a calf. I have not seen any detrimental affects and have had no trouble getting them bred after flushing. Heifers usually produce fewer embryos than cows. But I did have one heifer produce 19 good embryos. She averaged 19 over her lifetime. However, it takes a pretty special heifer to make me want to risk the expense and potential risk of flushing without first seeing what kind of calf she will produce.
 

jkwilson

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I'd think you'd be better off flushing her mother back to the same bull if possible. You already know that combination produces if you are even thinking of flushing the heifer.
 

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You all make good points. I am at a point where I need another 10 cows for the pasture I have next year. Most of my cows are bred(including this heifers mother). I don't know much about "in-vitro", I guess it can be done on bred females. I had this nice heifer that I didn't expose this year and I just got to thinking maybe she would be the one to do a flush on. I know the genetics, I would know what I was getting, she fits with one the bulls I have semen on and have been looking for an opportunity to use. A straight flush is probably cheaper than "in-vitro". I have been taking a rather slow approach to building the herd back up and am starting to lose my patience, I guess. I am just thinking I need to fill the pastures and start looking to sqeeze more out of the cattle enterprise. Plus, I have a sneaking suspicion that purchasing a few recips now and selling them in 18 months might pay off.
 

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jkwilson":2fiv8qm5 said:
I'd think you'd be better off flushing her mother back to the same bull if possible. You already know that combination produces if you are even thinking of flushing the heifer.
I agree. Our embryologist does not recommend flushing heifers...
 

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