Pregnant or Fat?

So we have been waiting for two cows to calve since mid-November, cancelling a lot of plans because of this.  We had the vet out in early January.  He checked Marji and said she would be due within 2 weeks.  He did not check Indy after Tom was slammed into a wall with Marji’s check but said that Indy looked pregnant  Marji did calve about 2 weeks later but now it was been another month and still no calf from Indy.  So what do you think?  Fat or pregnant?

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12 Responses to Pregnant or Fat?

  1. Jeanne says:

    Well, she doesn’t look terribly pregnant, but who am I to say?!! She’s very hairy! What breed are they? They’re really beautiful.

  2. Can you see if she is getting a larger udder? She is beautiful. Does she allow you to touch her much?

  3. Michelle says:

    Can you see any changes in her vulva when she lifts her tail to poop or pee? That and udder engorgement are the clearest “tells” for me.

  4. Jeanne says:

    Oh WOW!! I looked at the explanation vesta8 provided! That definitely makes it easy to tell!! And besides, it was a lot of fun, reading it! 🙂

  5. Rebekah S. says:

    If cows are similar to sheep: I can only see a ewe’s udder in the last month of pregnancy and through lactation (that is, without flipping over the ewe or carefully looking for it as she walks along). Gestation is ewe is 147 days (approximately 5 months). Also, the udder gets full (more like a balloon/bubble) right before lambing. Under a ewe’s tail will get bigger, softer, and turn bright pink/red right before lambing. I would say this cow is pregnant, but she may still have a few weeks to go. Our neighbor has cows, and their udders are much fuller than your cow’s….but his cows have calved several times before.

    If she was just fat, I do not think the udder would be as prominent as it is. One way to judge the last possible calving date is when the bull was taken out…and then count forward (for however long cow gestation is).

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