Post by genebo on Nov 3, 2017 18:25:49 GMT -6
We finally got everything together to have one of the two remaining embryos from Wee Gaelic Ms Fermoy transferred into a recipient cow.
RP Short's Justice was open and cycling. Her owners are very experienced in AI with horses and kept good records on when Justice was in heat. I got a call that she was in heat on Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. I immediately set up an appointment to have the embryo transferred into Justice the following Tuesday. I went and got Justice and brought her here to wait for her time.
We made the trip and were greeted by Dr. Fulper, the best embryo transfer doctor in the east. He palpated Justice and declared her to be in perfect time for the transfer. He implanted the embryo and we were back on the road. She went back to Fireman's Run Farm to await the results of the transfer.
Our fingers are crossed, not only hoping that the transfer takes, but that it results in a bull calf to complement Legacy Eve of Paradise.
If you remember, Eve is also an embryo from Wee Gaelic Ms Fermoy. She was implanted in my cow, Bambi, back in 2009 and has had 6 calves so far. Four of them have inherited American red, but they were all sired by a Traditional bull, either Brenn or McBrenn. The only calf by a Legacy bull did not inherit the red.
Legacy American red is extinct. The last cow, Ms Fermoy, died a few years ago and there are no Legacy red bulls. Nor are there any Legacy bulls that carry red. The only remaining sources of Legacy American red is Eve, who carries it, and the two embryos of Ms Fermoy.
Dr. Fulper has an outstanding success rate with embryo transfers. Of the seven embryos that he flushed from Ms Fermoy, five were implanted and resulted in 5 calves. Now we are hoping that his successes include this latest effort.
Of the earlier calves from embryo transfers, only Eve remains as a breeding animal. If we get a bull calf from this current embryo, it will carry Legacy American red. We will breed it to Eve until we get a legacy red cow and a Legacy red bull. Then we can say that Legacy American red has been restored. With proper care in breeding, it should only be a matter of time before such Dexters are more readily available than they were in the early years of American Dexters.