After breeding season the question is always, “are they pregnant?” We spent Monday this week preg checking our herd and found out which cows were pregnant, which cows were not, and how well the the bulls did their job.
When we preg check, we use ultrasound technology to look for signs that the cow is pregnant. An obvious sign is the presence of a little calf on the monitor. Another sign is the presence of fluid in the cows uterus. Fluid shows up on the monitor black, while tissue shows up white or varying in shades of grey.
If we don’t see any signs of pregnancy, we double check ourselves by preg checking the old fashioned way – by feeling for pregnancy or lack thereof with our hand. If a cow is open, or not pregnant, she is sorted off and kept separate from the pregnant cows.
After preg day is wrapped up, the pregnant cows go back out to pasture to gestate their days away until calving season rolls around in the spring. The open cows, while they no longer fit our program the may fit perfectly into another operation. So, they are sent to a sale where they can enter another rancher’s herd.
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