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bgc

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Saturday at 2pm was supposed to be time to AI my heifers, and I get there at 11:30 to check on them and of course they are all riding each other. I notice there was a strange animal in the pasture with them. All 40 of my heifers are gentle as dogs and have no problems, but I guess hormones ruined the day. I started calling my heifers with a bucket and that strange heifer (turned out to belong to the neighbor) turned tail and took all but 15 of my heifers right through the back fence and across the highway. I spent the rest of the day getting my cattle back in the pasture, all the while sick to my stomach after spending three months, 1 shot of lutalyse, 1 CIDR, and 1 shot of cystorelin only to get to AI 15 of them. I was sick. I did get the neighbors heifer back in the barn too. She went to town.
 

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Oh man... Been there done that.... Hang in there....You have options.. I did the same thing one year and didn't look at the weather.... Poured buckets of rain for two solid days....
 

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I AI'd the ones that didnt leave and I am going to wait 18 days and turn the bull in. I called my neighbor and he came and got his ignorant heifer the next day. The bad thing is I still have half the GNRH needed and 22 straws of semen in the tank. I havent decided what I need to do with that yet.
 

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If you're going to turn the bull in anyway, why not turn him in right away? You could always DNA parentage test for A.I.-sired versus natural-sired calves on that many head. Just a thought, but I imagine your game plan is already under way and you're satisfied with it. Don't worry about the semen, it'll keep and you can use it next time around. That or sell it.
 

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If I had gotten my heifers back in my pasture in before dark I would have turned the bull in immediately, but I spent the day getting them back and they were already going out of heat. To keep from getting them all strung out come calving season I opted to just wait till the next cycle. It will be easier to tell what calves are AI and easier on the bull because there will be some spread with the heats now.
 

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Should have had better corrals my portable corral will hold and contain 90 pairs for our AI projects one wild heifer would'nt even raise an eyebrow here I'd have just treated her to some nylonidus.
 

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bgc said:
I AI'd the ones that didnt leave and I am going to wait 18 days and turn the bull in. I called my neighbor and he came and got his ignorant heifer the next day. The bad thing is I still have half the GNRH needed and 22 straws of semen in the tank. I havent decided what I need to do with that yet.

Could you just heat detect and AI until your semen is used up?
 

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Denny said:
Should have had better corrals my portable corral will hold and contain 90 pairs for our AI projects one wild heifer would'nt even raise an eyebrow here I'd have just treated her to some nylonidus.

Thought he said they were in the pasture not in corral?
 

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They were in the pasture, and they are just as gentle as dead hogs. Their hormones got the better of them when I went over there to get them up that one strange heifer took off like crazy and I couldnt stop them. I thought about heat detecting in the next heat, but I dont have time to do that. Time was the biggest reason why I wanted to use fixed timed AI in the first place.
 

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