Essay on The Heifer Assigned

725 Words Oct 11th, 2016 3 Pages
The heifer assigned, #293, did not show any behavioural indications of heat. The results were limited as the animals had just been fed and were eating during observation, therefore overshadowing any possible signs of heat. If in heat, the heifer would have been exhibiting more signs earlier in the morning, rather than late morning as it was during observation. The cells which were swabbed from her vagina and prepared on a slide were identified as superficial cells when compared to the sheets in lab. The cells appeared to have nuclei, and therefore were not fully cornfield. Due to the prevalent presence of these cells, it was deduced that the heifer was in rather in estrus. As previously mentioned, the animal was preoccupied with feed during observation. In consequence, it was difficult to pair the behaviours with the slide. However, a few other heifers were mooing during feeding so it may have been possible for her to be heat.
In the first pen where a ram was introduced the ewes sniffed him, but in general, showed little interest in him, often running whenever he approached them. The ram on the other hand, was highly interested in the females. He began to grunt while still tied outside the pen. Once entered, he exhibited the flehman response, and began lunge at and chase the ewes with his head tilted to the side. If one of the females stayed still, he would like her genitalia and would kick out at her with his front leg.
In the second pen, which appeared to be arcott sheep,…

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