Joslyn Beard, State Livestock Extension Specialist, Guest Speaker
“Palpate a cow without getting dirty”
Joslyn spoke about how to check cows for pregnancies (preg check) and
how to artificial inseminate (AI) a cow.
Joslyn had the help of Patty, the palpation dummy (a model of the rear end of a cow) along with a view of the internal organs used for the procedure. In addition, two large plastic examples of what to feel for in a cow when checking for pregnancies: one was a model of pregnancies at around 45-50 days, and the other around 90 days pregnant; along with other smaller samples of organs and equipment used.
Rectal palpation is a very common and highly popular method among all cattle producers in primarily performing pregnancy checks on cows and heifers. “Preg-checking” or pregnancy checking female cattle often yields successful results especially if performed by an experience technician. Rectal palpation is undoubtedly the messiest, yet cheapest and often quickest form of preg-checking that can be easily learned by all those who have a breeding herd of cattle.
Joslyn also discussed how cow are artificially inseminated and showed the equipment used: an AI-gun, AI-rod and a protective cover. She also passed around straws of semen and explained how this process can be very efficient and the ability to pick the sire by use of purchasing the straws of semen. Prior to injecting the semen into the uterus, it was placed in liquid nitrogen and then injected.
The talk was very informative and interesting to the ladies who had several questions following.
Rochel Lewis who works for Purina was also a guest and discussed her education, background and how she got interested in her present job with Purina which keeps her on the road most often.
For two young ladies, they had interesting jobs and a wealth of education and experience which got them to their current positions. Cowbelles can be very proud of such strong and capable ladies leading the livestock industries in their chosen professions.
There was a wonderful lunch. Everyone brought delicious dishes to go along with the great meal provided by the McGibbons. A special thank you to Micaela McGibbon for being our hostess for this meeting and all her preparation. A thanks also goes out to Kellie Wolverton for the beautiful flowers. A big thanks to all who brought dishes.
As all of you hopefully know American National Cattlewoman’s current President Elect is our very own Pamela Griffin. She will become President at the ANCW National Convention in New Orleans early next year. Attached is a flyer for a train trip to go to the Convention. Please contact Barbara Jackson as soon as possible if you are interested in heading to New Orleans!.
Trina Sue Riggs Arizona State Cowbelles Secretary ARIZONA STATE COWBELLES