Friday, July 13, 2007

just one more clarification

The friend we are purchasing for Secret is not her future mate.  I had considered that option, but Cliff wants Secret to have a pure Jersey calf.  The lady who sold Secret to us offered us use of her bull, when the time comes.

Jersey heifers often start coming into heat by the age of six months.  They shouldn't be bred before the age of fifteen months.  Therefore, if we didn't castrate the bull calf, we'd have to keep the two of them separate to prevent a too-early pregnancy.  And let's face it, that would defeat the purpose of getting Secret a friend.  We'd have two lonely bovines around.

I certainly hope this answers all questions.  Any further queries will be answered in email.

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luvmort said...

Just a thought but, why would it "ruin" Secret to have a calf by more than one suitor?  Jersey or not, couldn't you have a few mixed breeds as well as a purebred?  Is she Catholic?  Republican?  Oops, sorry for the last one, seems they have more than one bed-partner as routine.  

lanurseprn said...

I for one am looking forward to watching Secret grow and become a Mom!  

siennastarr said...

Okay.. NOW I get it, Donna!  You must forgive this ignorant city girl! lol

Thanks for clearing that up!


madcobug said...

Being a country gal myself I knew what you were refering to. LOL. I was thinking if you bred her it would be to a Jersey like herself.  LOL. Helen

lowis6535 said...

  I'm a farmer from way back; I got used to meat animals succumbing to their fate ... even if they got to be pets along the way.  We raised a meat heifer that we called "Pork Chop" so she wouldn't suspect anything.

randlprysock said...

So nice to be able to have animals... we are running a small petting zoo here... two dogs, one cat, one rabbit, one fish... well I guess we can't pet the fish... LOL.  Hugs,