Well, today was the culmination of nearly a month-long process to hopefully knock up my Holsteins, Twister and Christine! It started with a vet check, which determined Teeny was healthy, but Twister had a cystic ovary. So I had to inject her with 2cc Ovacyst to hopefully clear it up. I vaccinated them against every disease known to the bovine world at the same time. A week and a half later, I started the Ovsynch cycle of hormone injections to bring them into heat simultaneously so they could be bred A.I. on the same day. The cycle starts with another 2cc injection of Ovacyst for both cows. A week later, they received 5cc Prostamate, followed by another 2cc of Ovacyst 2 days later (today). (Mind you, I was giving all these shots at 4 a.m. in order to make the timing at the end work out-- what fun! ) By the final shot (sixth for Twist, fifth for Teeny) they had become VERY wary of me, especially when I'm carrying a hypodermic! Breeding is supposed to take place 12-16 hours after the last shot, and my boss showed up this afternoon to do the dirty deed! He used Holstein semen on Twister, since she is a registered cow, and I want to be able to register her calf if it's a heifer! (Hey, never hurts to be optimistic!) We conducted a little experiment with Teeny. He AI'ed her with Jersey semen, then had *me* AI her with Holstein! It was my first shot at doing this, and all I can say is -- "The book makes it look so easy!!!!" When I thought I had everything lined up, I'd pull my arm out of her rectum, and my boss would stick his in and check. The first time, I wasn't in far enough. The second time, I went in TOO far, clear into the horn! Whoops! (My ever-helpful husband, the smart@$$, commented, "I thought I saw something coming out of her mouth!" ) But, anyway, between us we got the job done. If her calf looks Jersey, we'll know Mark got her; if it looks all Holstein, I got her, and if it looks half Angus, and arrives 21 days later than expected, we both missed the mark and the neighbor's bull got her! Well, now comes the hard part -- sitting back waiting to see if they both settle! Keep your fingers crossed, OK?