It's been another wonderful spring week here. The grass is really coming now with the high 60s-70s temperatures! There's nothing better than seeing the sun shining and grass growing after a long winter!
This week we finished up AIing our Spring Calving cowherd. Here's the schedule we have been following throughout estrous synchronization and AIing:
May 3rd - Put CIDRS in and gave GnRH to the 2 Year Old Cows
May 5th - Put CIDRs in and gave GnRH to Group 1 of the RAB cows
May 6th - Put CIDRs in and gave GnRH to Group 2 of the RAB cows
May 8th - Put CIDRs in and gave GnRH to the Durheim cows
May 10th - Pulled the CIDRs and gave Lutalyse to the 2 Year Old Cows
May 12th - Pulled the CIDRs and gave Lutalyse to Group 1 of the RAB cows
May 13th - Bred the 2 year old cows and Pulled the CIDRs and gave Lutalyse to Group 2 of the RAB cows
May 15th - Breed Group 1 of the RAB cows and Pull CIDRs and give Lutalyse to the Durheim cows
May 16th - Breed Group 2 of the RAB cows
May 18th - Breed the Durheim cows
This past Sunday we completed our AI schedule with the Durheim cows.
Keeping all of the records & Loading the AI guns in the breeding barn.
CraigH and Ginny running the chute and alley into the breeding barn. Ginny was giving all the cows a dose on GnRH and gave them a dose of injectable dewormer.
This week Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we sorted the spring cowherd into their Natural Service pastures. During calving we sorted our cows into four different groups; all of the First Calf Heifer pairs, the older RAB pairs, all of the Durheim pairs and the younger RAB pairs. We AIed the cowherd in these 4 groups. Before we AIed the Durheim cows we hauled those pairs up to Durheims ranch in Ellendale, ND where they will be sorted into their breeding groups. When we sorted we gathered one group of cows and sorted them into the different breeding groups and walked each group to their breeding pasture.