Is this a mucus plug?

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Also, no smells or anything bad coming out.
 

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Well, the chance of seeing anything after an abort is very slim.... if you don't see it right after, and I mean within a few hours at most......you would most likely not see anything. I would think that she would not be making that sort of discharge if she was not close to calving now though....
I would have been walking the pasture with seeing that kind of discharge and her acting a little off.....but then I drive most all my pastures when I have cattle due, every day.... right now I cannot walk them due to my knees... but I will drive them, and get out and walk some if I suspect that someone may have calved in a certain area....I think you really need to do a very close scrutiny of the pasture if you don't get the vet out to confirm she is still pregnant.

What is the status of the other heifer?

Honestly, I would get the vet and get them both checked.... most vets here do ultrasound for pregnancy checking... it is VERY ACCURATE... but a good vet that does palpations can give you a good idea of how far along as they are... up to 5-6 months.....when they can say yeah, they are 5 or 6 or pretty far along as the fetus gets way down over the pelvic bones and it is harder to just be as accurate as to how far pregnant. In your case, you have 2 definite "breeding times"... it would not be hard for a vet to say yes to the Oct breeding, or yes to the Feb breeding.....
This way you know what you are looking at time wise.

That is why we just rechecked a group of cows.... thinking they should have calved, and finding that there were several not pregnant.... as we suspected.... and got a better idea of the ones that were pregnant, when they are due....

It is well worth it to me to know what is what... our vet gets $100/hr.... not cheap... but cheap enough.... to not sit and worry myself sick....
 

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I agree, I don’t mind paying for the vet to come out. Just went out to feed, only to find mucus, it looks clearish-white to me. If she doesn’t calf in a week AND is still doing good I will have the vet or at the very least my brother check things out. I have posted new photos and to me she looks the same as two days ago, aside from her sides looking more sunk in.
I will post photos of the rear of our other heifer. She doesn’t seem to have a bag or to be too swollen.
 

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Thank you for all of the info. It is helping me learn for sure. I didn’t have a care in the world 8 weeks ago, thought we had until Thanksgiving, but then she changed and big time changed. Went from no visible teat to big and swollen and swollen girly parts with tons of mucus. I’m going to go check on her more often now that I seen that mucus again. Maybe she will surprise us soon.
 

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Well, I would say that she is close.... and yes, she is carrying longer than the average... Honestly, I think she is going to calve soon, and all the mucus and all is part of it... maybe because I do not check mine so often, that i don't see the hourly changes.... I am not sure why she has carried longer than the average..... and heifers often calve sooner than later compared to cows....
but seeing the discharge again is good.... her system is still working its way around.... more sunken in is actually good.... because it should mean the calf is moving more into position, up into the birth canal.

I would say that the other heifer is not going to calve now, and was caught at the later breeding time.... at least you have a good comparison to the difference.....
 

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Thank you for all the info and the time to explain your opinion of things. It does make me feel better, I will update with any changing photos and maybe a calf soon.
 

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What I THINK are pins... I really don’t have any idea what this means, but I have managed to read and feel a tendon like structure that goes from the tail to the side bone. It is half as hard, half as tall as yesterday and the dips are deeper. Is this a sign?
 

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