Our friends raise cattle and this is prime-time calving season. We took a trip out to their farm not only to see the baby calves but to watch some of next year’s baby calves get their start. Dr. Thompson, an area Embryologist, was at the farm and flushing embryos out of several of their cows while we were visiting. I am always up for a learning experience and this was a fascinating one.
|kids and a shorthorn cow having embryos flushed|
A flexible rubber tube catheter is passed through the cervix and into the uterus. The cuff is inflated with a saline solution to hold the catheter in place and to prevent back flow of fluids. Saline solution is flushed-filled and the uterine horn is gently massaged and the fluid containing the embryos is drawn back out through the catheter. This solution is collected through a filter and into a cylinder or dish.
|rubber tube catheter|
|saline solution and collection dish|
|Dr. Thompson rating embryos|
|canes straws with embryos will be placed in|
|embryo storage tank|