Women .. ain't nothing but a hank of hair and a bag of bones
That can only be our beloved Judge, ever sensitive to women's issues and needs.
In order to fine tune my theocratic mindset, I have been doing some research online regarding the reproductive habits of dairy cattle. I will share my findings with you even though, as a sheep, they do not apply to you. For sheep, I suggest a careful reading of Genesis chapter 30, in which you can learn about the use of streaked rods to determine whether your offspring will be striped or spotted.
An understanding of cattle psychology, combined with well designed facilities, will reduce stress on both you and your cattle. . . .
Cattle have long memories. Animals that have been handled roughly will be more stressed and difficult to handle in the future. Animals that are handled gently and that have become accustomed to handling procedures will experience very little stress when handled. . . .
Although painful procedures cannot be avoided, decreasing agitation and excitement will reduce stress. Cattle remember such painful restraints as nose tongs. Handling will be easier in the future if you use a halter to hold the heads and keep electric prod usage to an absolute minimum.
Signs of Heat
Standing to be mounted is considered the primary sign of heat. Most cows show increased sexual activity before estrus or actual standing heat. Secondary heat signs indicating a cow is near estrus include:
alert, restless behaviour, bawling
shortened feeding time
aggressive behaviour, butting
swollen, reddened vulva
withholding of milk
mounting other cows
chin pressing on other cows
sniffing, licking of vulva, lip curling
Interestingly, in the bovine world, there is even a handy device called a heat detector. If this device were modified for use in the human world, it would greatly simplify the mating ritual:
Heat Mount Detectors
Heat mount detectors (Kamar) are pressure-sensitive devices that can be glued on the rump of cows to be checked for heat. When a cow in standing heat is fully mounted by another cow, the pressure causes a color change in the dye capsule in the heat-mount detector. Cows can also be marked with special paint or grease pen. Mounting activity will wear off or smear the marked area.
Ginny, bawling and curling her lip