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

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

Postby milkmaid » Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:13 pm

Good luck, thanks for the continued updates.
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Postby branguscowgirl » Thu Mar 26, 2015 2:00 pm

Fingers crossed for you!
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Re: Anyone w/ experience w/ frozen hooves on valuable calves

Postby WalnutCrest » Fri Apr 03, 2015 2:26 pm

Still not too optimistic ...

... but ...

we do have 12 oocytes cooking now and should have results next week.
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Re: Anyone w/ experience w/ frozen hooves on valuable calves

Postby WalnutCrest » Thu Apr 09, 2015 1:06 pm

Zero.

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We'll try again at least once more ...
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Re: Anyone w/ experience w/ frozen hooves on valuable calves

Postby WalnutCrest » Fri May 01, 2015 10:53 am

Victory!

Four embryos in the tank! We're going again in two weeks.
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Re: Anyone w/ experience w/ frozen hooves on valuable calves

Postby branguscowgirl » Fri May 01, 2015 11:57 am

Congratulations! :clap:
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Re: Anyone w/ experience w/ frozen hooves on valuable calves

Postby R V » Fri May 01, 2015 7:17 pm

Congratulations - just curious, but how many oocytes this time to get 4 embryos?
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Postby Kathie in Thorp » Fri May 01, 2015 10:09 pm

That all sounds good!
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Re: Anyone w/ experience w/ frozen hooves on valuable calves

Postby WalnutCrest » Sat May 02, 2015 8:48 am

R V wrote:Congratulations - just curious, but how many oocytes this time to get 4 embryos?


15 ... so two more than last time ...
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Re: Anyone w/ experience w/ frozen hooves on valuable calves

Postby Ozhorse » Wed May 06, 2015 4:02 pm

Congratulations! Glad you have got some of what you had planned.

How is the girl going herself? Is she still coping with the prosthesis ?
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Re: Anyone w/ experience w/ frozen hooves on valuable calves

Postby WalnutCrest » Wed Jul 15, 2015 4:13 pm

Long delayed update ...

Yes, Ozhorse, she's handling the prosthetic quite well. Once she started estrus, we really dialed back on the nutrition so that she'd slow her growth rate ... too big of a female would result in more stress on her rear leg which might put an abrupt halt to our IVF aspirations. She's held her condition very well throughout all of this. The fine folks at Trans Ova (Sioux Center, IA) have been absolutely wonderful to work with -- I could not recommend them more highly.

Well, we ended up aspirating Begonia six times. We had a total of 70 oocytes, but only 12 of those converted to embryos. This little lady will be at the butchers within the next 15 days... :( ...the end of a long journey! Two of those aspirations were to reverse-sorted semen (for heifers) ... and we only converted one embryo each of those two times.

...but...the first of those reverse-sorted heifer embryos is getting implanted TODAY! Here's to hoping it sticks!

Thanks to everyone for their encouragement, questions and well-wishes. :)

...now, it's time to break out the checkbook and add up the total damage!
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Re: Anyone w/ experience w/ frozen hooves on valuable calves

Postby Ozhorse » Wed Jul 15, 2015 5:10 pm

Wow, you have been very dedicated. A very high tech way of producing cattle!

Do keep us posted on how the embryo transplant goes.

I am sure the whole exercise is very interesting, cheque book wise.
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Postby WalnutCrest » Sun Jul 26, 2015 6:05 pm

The embryo tech decided the recip wasn't 'perfect' so we put another embryo in instead of the one from Begonia...

Quite separately, we asked Trans Ova to send us some current pictures of Begonia -- she's turned into quite a little star up there -- and one of the interns was all to happy to oblige. One from each side and a 'glamour shot'.

Enjoy -- and thanks again for all the great questions and encouragement along the way.

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Postby Ozhorse » Sun Jul 26, 2015 7:07 pm

She is a nice looking animal, thanks for the photos.
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Re: Anyone w/ experience w/ frozen hooves on valuable calves

Postby WalnutCrest » Tue Aug 04, 2015 11:05 pm

Great news -- Begonia will be getting AI'd next week!

One of the head vets who was responsible for her daily care at Trans Ova approached us about partnering on her. The vet and her husband (also a vet) will attend to her and will take care of the wound and her well-being in an effort to get a calf or five on the ground (plus maybe some more aspirating down the road) over the next few years. We have no expectations other than she's good enough to try. And, to make it a complete full circle, the vet (Dr. Jolly in AR) who was overseeing the development of her low-cost prosthetics has agreed to try to put together another one as she's weeks away from being too big for the one she's been on since last fall.

Good stuff. Very good stuff!
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