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My husband wants to check the cattle that were open in 2011 for pregnancy for 2012. The herd is due to start calving the end of March thru June 30. I have sleeved a horse in the past (with the vet) I can't imagine it being that different. Can we sleeve the cows in the same manner?
Any thoughts on this?

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Im a row-crop farmer, but i have been told that you sleeve a horse vaginaly and you sleeve a cow through there rectom.. iv been told, not making any promises but thats a start i guess

Every sleeve check on a horse I've seen the vet  pulling out horse apples and that's not from the vag. LOL

Luke is right, you check cattle through the rectum; however it would be advisable to seek the help of a vet.  For the slight cost of having a vet do it, it will likely be well worth the accuracy. 

 

The normal way is through the rectum but I would advise a vet to do it to make it more accurate also you can now preg check cows by taking a blood sample and also the expensive route of an ultra sound lot of the big dairies are using blood testing or ultra sound due to the fact the can preg check at 30 days bred rectum is best at 40 plus days though I have seen the more talented vets have been able to check at 30 days but most of the time it would be a recheck.

I've sleeved cows before and it is easy. Last year I found a company that tests the blood of the cows for increased protein levels. Its so accurate that you can test the cows thirty days post breeding. You can take the samples out of the tail doc on your own but it is best if you have a vet out for the first couple head to ensure you do it correctly. The test is really cheap also and results take a day and a half to get. Bio-Pryne is the company's name.

Is there a site for the company?

 

Im not sure if there is or not. I will call my rep and find out and let you know.

ABS was able to do the blood test or send it in around here.  If the cows are to calve in the near future, you could probably feel the calf yourself.  Through the rectum.  I would consider using a vet and they could tell you more of a accurate date.  Consider it an investment for precision and efficiency.

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