A Moment of Silence is like Preg Checking a Bull
It was probably mid morning before we got everything set up, got the calves sorted off and started pregnancy checking the cows. My grandson Bryant who was 5 years old at the time, watched us as we palpated the first few cows and he listened more closely than I thought as we talked about whether or not they were bred. Well, before long, the pen where we were turning the cows into was too crowed for him to be safe, so I sent him home. Later that day, Bryant returned just as we were palpating the last cows. He then watched as we ran a new herd bull into the chute to palpate and semen check him before turning him in with the cows to finish the breeding season. Just as the Vet got about elbow deep into his work, Bryant quickly and eagerly asked: "Is he bred?"
My response was: "No son. Bulls don't have babies." "Then why are you checking him?" he asked. From his perspective, I suppose that was a very good question! The process looked the same as what we did to the cows, but what we were hoping to find was much different. (If you do not know what is involved in palpating cows for pregnancy or bulls for breeding soundness, you can do a quick internet search or call me and I will explain the process to you--then you will understand his question and where I am going with the rest of this story.)