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Re: Anyone w/ experience w/ frozen hooves on valuable calves

Posted: Wed Aug 05, 2015 1:39 am
by branguscowgirl
That is great news! I have to admit, I was a bit saddened by the news that she was going to slaughter after all the work that you had put into her. Good to hear that she will get to raise some calves. :)

Re: Anyone w/ experience w/ frozen hooves on valuable calves

Posted: Wed Aug 05, 2015 7:40 am
by Ozhorse
Oh, I am glad to hear that all your efforts and those of those who have been working with you will keep going and hopefully re-pay in more calves down the track.

Re: Anyone w/ experience w/ frozen hooves on valuable calves

Posted: Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:31 am
by WalnutCrest
branguscowgirl wrote:That is great news! I have to admit, I was a bit saddened by the news that she was going to slaughter after all the work that you had put into her. Good to hear that she will get to raise some calves. :)


We were sad about it, too. Heck, my mom has even written a children's book about Begonia -- she's hoping to get the attention of a publisher as she has a whole series of books about stuff that happens on the farm. Simply said, she was only going to slaughter because my checkbook was really quite tired...

So, that someone who spends their entire career dealing with high quality breeding stock thought she was worth working on says something to me about how others see the qualities I admire in her.

Re: Anyone w/ experience w/ frozen hooves on valuable calves

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2015 5:30 pm
by milkmaid
Glad to hear the update and that she gets a pass for now! Nice looking heifer, hope you get some calves out of her!

Re: Anyone w/ experience w/ frozen hooves on valuable calves

Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2015 8:44 pm
by WalnutCrest
...and, we just confirmed today that she's 33 days bred via AI to a spectacular French bull!

Re: Anyone w/ experience w/ frozen hooves on valuable calves

Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2015 9:52 pm
by Ozhorse
Congratulations, nice to hear a good news story!

Re: Anyone w/ experience w/ frozen hooves on valuable calves

Posted: Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:16 am
by WalnutCrest
WalnutCrest wrote:...and, we just confirmed today that she's 33 days bred via AI to a spectacular French bull!


...and, yesterday, ultrasound confirmed it's a heifer!

Re: Anyone w/ experience w/ frozen hooves on valuable calves

Posted: Wed Dec 30, 2015 6:03 pm
by Ozhorse
Thanks for keeping us posted, it is very interesting tracking your progress with Begonia.

Re: Anyone w/ experience w/ frozen hooves on valuable calves

Posted: Wed Dec 30, 2015 7:09 pm
by WalnutCrest
The latest on her treatment is that the vet in Arkansas is considering attempting to use a 3D printer to "print" a new prosthetic. The vet in IA (with whom we are partnering on Begonia) is overseeing that dialog so I don't really know how that's coming along...but, as I have material developments to share, I will.

Re: Anyone w/ experience w/ frozen hooves on valuable calves

Posted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 8:16 am
by WalnutCrest
The first 3D brace wasn't strong enough. Gonna try again with a different substance.

She's up to 1000 lbs or so.

She lost her pregnancy right after we aspirated her one final time. Transova says that happens 1/500 times they aspirate while pregnant. So, we will AI her again soon.

In partnership with the family of two vets who is caring for her (one of whom was her primary care taker at Transova), we also will be implanting all 13 embryos we have of hers ... plus 17 others from her dam and/or by her sire in a few months. Pretty stoked about that!

The up and down continues!

Re: Anyone w/ experience w/ frozen hooves on valuable calves?

Posted: Sun May 15, 2016 8:07 pm
by Fire Sweep Ranch
How did the implantations go?
I was talking to a breeder this weekend about the low conception rates on IVF eggs....

Re: Anyone w/ experience w/ frozen hooves on valuable calves?

Posted: Sun May 15, 2016 9:23 pm
by frieghttrain
Man this is one amazing jurney :clap:

Re: Anyone w/ experience w/ frozen hooves on valuable calves?

Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:54 pm
by WalnutCrest
We put six of her embryos in ... one stuck. That calf is due this coming spring.

Begonia herself was AI'd again. It stuck. She's due to deliver a little heifer within the next 48hrs or so... We couldn't be more thrilled!

Re: Anyone w/ experience w/ frozen hooves on valuable calves?

Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:21 pm
by Fire Sweep Ranch
WalnutCrest wrote:We put six of her embryos in ... one stuck. That calf is due this coming spring.

Begonia herself was AI'd again. It stuck. She's due to deliver a little heifer within the next 48hrs or so... We couldn't be more thrilled!


Did you induce her? Good luck! Post pictures when you can....

Re: Anyone w/ experience w/ frozen hooves on valuable calves?

Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:23 pm
by WalnutCrest
Nope ... calf is situated just fine (she was sleeved yesterday by a repro vet) ... nothing to do but wait. And pray. :)

Thanks!