I have an 8 yr old Dexter that I bought earlier in the spring. Was told she would calve in June or early July....still waiting. Last night I noticed a 6-8" long "string of mucus" hanging from her. Is this an indication she is ready to calve? Usually how long after seeing this will she have the calf. I work away from home but if I know she is going to calve soon I can run home on my lunch hour/etc. to check on her progress. Thank you for any help you can offer.
she is loose in the rear end and slightly swollen but has been that way for weeks. The bag is not full yet but was hopefull that loosing the mucus plug meant an onset of labor. Since she is new to us we really have no idea what to be looking for but want to be available to check on her multiple times through out the day. I work 15 miles form home so hate to be running back and forth if she could go another week or more, but do not mind the extra expense/time to check on her if you guys think she might be close to having a calf. Just noticed the mucus hanging off her last night.
Mucus really is not a sign of anything, you can see it months before or just days before the birth. You will know she is ready when her teats have filled with milk. Im not talking about bagging up, ut when the teats get real tight with milk, you should know it when you see it.
If she truly has lost the mucus plug, which is a long sticky strand of mucus that you often see stuck to her tail, it is an indication, that she is starting the labour process. Usually within a couple days to a week. The udder is not the greatest indicator, as some cows will have a tight udder for weeks, and some will hardly bag at all, until after they have the calf.
This cow is 8 years old, I would not be terribly concerned about her. She has done this before.
I hope she really is expecting, but mucous can also be a sign of heat...it is the lubrication that the spermies swim up in the reproductive tract. Mucous from heat should be clearer, fresher, newer looking than a mucous plug.