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Posted: Thursday 30 June, 2011

by Rosemary at 9:30am in Cattle Comments closed

Well, he didn't have a bowler hat, but the AI man was here yesterday to do the first insemination of our heifers. They were clearly bulling - Blizzard was mounting Breeze, who was standing for her - and they were quite frisky.

However, they did behave very well. The home-made crush worked fine and the AI man, Dave, said they were fully in season (but I'd worked that out). He'll be back today for a second insemination, then we'll watch for them coming in season in three weeks. If they don't, we'll have the vet to check them and confirm pregnancy in five weeks or so.

If they don't hold to this cycle, we've decided to stick with the Shetland bull so we'll need to wait six weeks before trying again. The alternatives were to keep Shetland semen at Genus - £6.15 a month to store and £10 a straw to buy - or use a bull they keep in stock, like an Aberdeen Angus. We bought to breed pure, so we'll just have to wait and keep our fingers crossed.

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