I suck at it.
Acacia has been sick for several days, and the vet came again yesterday. Hopefully she is on the mend.
The vet confirmed, however, that neither Acacia nor Tipin are bred at all. Lilian was to calf early spring, and at least she is bred, but not to calf until late July. She also turned out to be A1/A2, which is another big disappointment.
Of course the cattle trader won’t return emails or answer his phone.
So we really do not know what to do, as we have no bull, and though there are a few guys around here who do AI, they certainly would not have any Guernsey semen. Time is ticking, as there is about another few months to get them bred so they will calf before the bitter cold of next winter.
Obviously it is a “mystery” why they are not bred, and other “mysteries” as well.
Honestly, we felt as if we were rescuing them when we bought them, being foolish in trusting people, and more foolish in dismissing obvious signs of concern. ugh.
So now I really don’t know what to do. My milkman said he would drive them back to Iowa, but we doubt the trader will take them back.
We had hoped to recoop their costs by selling one or two on the spring, with their calves, being in milk and in good condition.
I seriously doubt we can find any buyers now, and the thought of feeding and housing 3 open dairy cows over the long winter here is not a pleasant one.