The water rectum on Breed'n Betsy is one of the best new accessories, featuring warm water and a real slaughter house Reproductive Tract. I have created the realistic feel of a bovine floating uterus, complete with water pressure, to be able to teach a student the realistic 'feel' inside of any cow.
This has been a challenging task: to invent a simple method and accessory, which enables an instructor to demonstrate and teach the students a simple and effective technique of the pelvic sweep and palpation. In this Video, I asked an equine student, with no previous exposure or experience, to participate in a demonstration of this new accessory for Breed'n Betsy. This allowed me to demonstrate the techniques of successfully locating the cervix. This has historically proven to be the most difficult aspect for instructors to teach new students.
The second part of the video:
I explain and demonstrate the technique of the pelvic sweep to the student. This is the initial, and most important step to locating the cervix. The student is then required to perform this technique outside the water rectum to ensure correct hand movements.
The third piece of the video:
I demonstrate how to set up the water rectum, attach the reproductive tract and fill with water.
(I recommend the introduction of cold water through the hose connection and then topping up with warm water through the top hole to achieve a temperature of 37 deg C/104 deg F, reflecting the realistic body temperature of the animal)
The fourth and final part of the video:
I conduct a pelvic sweep and locate the cervix, then ask the student to perform the same pelvic sweep movement and locate the cervix. At this stage, she cannot recognise the cervix on the sweep, as it feels totally different to the reproductive tract outside the water rectum. I then reach through the top of the water rectum and place the cervix in the student's hand, she then performs the pelvic sweep again and finds the cervix repeatedly.
I have found using this method with the water rectum, students will then go straight into the cow and find the cervix. This is the most important part of palpating any bovine animal.