Six of our finest girls lined up early Saturday morning to provide us with a bounty of beautiful embryos.
These gorgeous girls, the cream of the crop, provided us with 54 A-grade embryos, an amazing result. This time, the 'Great Book of ET Excuses' didn't need to be plucked from the bookshelf, a good day in any technician's book.
This old dear, the only cow in a mix of heifers, producing 12, all of which we implanted. Not the prettiest cow in the herd, she has proved herself time and time again with her progeny always top of the field.
Embryos were loaded into straws and transported to Bottle Tree for implantation into the waiting recipient females who will act as surrogates for the next nine months of gestation and six months of mothering. With the sound of growing buffel grass ringing in our ears, and thunder storms bumping all around, we are quietly optimistic of a good preg-test.
First days of the school holidays saw the big girls and I tick some jobs off the 'holiday to-do' list, including starting the breaking in process for three head of cattle we hope to take to Beef 2012 next year.
With halters on yesterday and drag leads today, we hope to have them tied up by the weekend. Of course, Christmas baking may take precedence. It's all about prioritising.
Though I may have to put some time aside for a little revision on which ones we actuallly milk.
Uh-uh Jessie. Retreat. This is a no-go. Repeat, Jessie, retreat, retreat.
Today's rounds revealed babies galore. Some red.
These little tackers out of a Brangus female we flushed to an American Brangus bull.
After a couple of months of serious neglect, we also started a re-working of the vege garden area.
Surprisingly we unearthed some garlic, as well as potatoes of the conventional and sweet varieties, all thought to be long perished. Although with potatoes currently selling at 29 cents a kilo, one must question the mathematics involved with the purchase of $18 worth of seed potatoes.
I'm sure they'll be delicious. Expensively delicious.