Miss Moo miscarried :(
We had our vet out today and found out Miss Moo (our Guernsey cow "Eclipse" for those who may not know) WAS pregnant but lost her calf. :(
A little over a week ago we had an "episode" and she had a discharge, not bloody, but indicative she could have miscarried. Today when Dr. M checked her, she only had two thirds the fluid she should have and Dr. M could not feel the calf. We were prepared, but it is still disappointing. She should absorb (such an awful way to describe it) the calf in the next 10-14 days and go back into her heat cycle at which time we will try to AI (artificially inseminate her) again. The vet suggested we switch bull semen and instead of trying for a pure bred Guernsey to try for a cross breed. So we are going to try our friend's Dutch Belted (otherwise known as Oreo cookie cows black with a big white strip in the middle of their bellies) and see if the third time works.
Miss Moo is finally up to her normal body condition after coming to us last April extremely underweight so the vet was impressed again by her weight gain. At his last visit he said she needed another 100-200 lbs. Hopefully it will help her conceive. We will be upping her minerals too. He said she isn't a "fertile Myrtle". Even if she isn't we would never get rid of her. She's a pet, as well as a food source.
Here's to hoping for a fall calf!