The vet came this morning and finished his evaluation of my little herd of cattle. We had already butchered the 2 1/2 year old bull as he suggested, so that much is done. The 4 older Milking Devon cows are most likely carriers of the virus I mentioned in the other thread so they have to go to market for slaughter. We will butcher one of them for the family so our losses won't be as dramatic. We have already made arrangements to send them to the sale barn next Tuesday; at a great loss of course My 8 year old Jersey bred to the young bull but did not catch the virus and is now 5 months along. My 7 year old Jersey did not breed to our bull but was bought as bred. I told the vet she was due the first wek of January, he said she may drop her calf sooner. The 2 1/2 year old Milking Devon is about three months into a pregnancy but shows no sign of the virus. The two youngest Milking Devons, each about 1 1/2 years old, are still open and show no sign of the virus. The situation is better than it could have been. I ask about why some of the cows had the virus but others did not, and the vet said it was a matter of timing and luck, but to AI my herd for now on just in case and to stop anything from coming into our herd. At this point we need to learn where to buy Jersey semen, and what is needed to store it. The Milking Devon semen is available on the breed web site. As our Milking Devon herd is for the most part gone, we are in the market for a few Milking Shorthorn calves. We may have a line on some through a gracious offer from a friend in the Show Me state. Now I see why so many farmers say that if they won the lottery they would just keep on farming until the money ran out. We were lucky. The young bull is worth 2 or 3 times more butchered than we paid for Him. The cow we will butcher will also be worth 2 or 3 times more as beef than her live weight; especially when compared to the retail prices for beef. The 3 young heifers can be saved and should have a long useful life. The one bull calf born in the spring came with the cow at no extra cost, as I bought the cows as bred and he was born before we could move the cattle. We will cut him in a few days for next years beef. He already weighs well over 500 pounds. In the end we will have to sell 3 cows at a loss, but will have gained the retail beef price on the butchered cow and bull, and we're up one nice steer. Many disappointments this year, but on the money end close to breakng even; if I don't count shipping, hay, grain, and countless hours of work. God I love this stuff; hard blows and all. Thanks to all who have shown an interest and ofered advise during our troubles.