Monday, August 16, 2010

Boy or Girl, Bull or Heifer?

Some might say it is ruining the "surprise" if you find out the sex of baby before it is born but others might say they just like to be able to plan ahead. This is true to some cattle raisers that have pregnant cows. They like to find out the sex of the calf as soon as they can! The farm vet uses an ultrasound machine, just like the doctors use for humans, and is able to determine the sex between 60-75 days pregnant. Remember, a cow's gestation period is nine months too.

Some of the reasons for doing this include planning for how many heifers they will need to accommodate and deciding whether they will sell the offspring or not. It is another management tool for the cattle owner and one of the advances in technology that has enabled them to plan ahead for their business. Here are some photos of the ultrasound machine showing a  64 day old fetus. Can you guess what sex it is? You can click on the photos to enlarge them. ;-)
If you guessed a female, you are right!

Friday, August 6, 2010

The Farm Vet in Puerto Rico!

In honor of our wedding anniversary this month we decided to show you a tidbit of what we did on our honeymoon. The farm vet couldn't get away from cows and horses! I know this might seem crazy to some people but we thoroughly enjoyed touring a Puerto Rican dairy and seeing the role horses play in the culture. It was only one day of our trip but it definitely was an interesting one. The farm vet nearly put in a full day's work!

We did not know what to expect as far as the dairy facility but it was surprisingly similar to what we have here in the western United States. The farm vet could have spent some extra time there to help them improve in a few areas but we were reminded that we were on our honeymoon, not a work visit. ;-)

The beautiful bed and breakfast we stayed at in Rincon, called Tres Sirenas, was fantastic! The owner was a ton of fun and drove us around for the day to see the dairy and horses. We hope we will make it back there some day as it holds a special place in our hearts. This video is a collection of clips from the day. Enjoy!