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Ask The Vet
Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:31 AM CST

QUESTION: In your opinion, if a cow is in good health, at what age should you consider eliminating her as breeding stock?

ANSWER: I do not look at age as a primary culling criterion. I focus on an annual performance review to help me make the call.

First, I look at her production—the quality of the calf she weaned. Then I look at her future potential production. That examines her pregnancy status and also any problems with her eyes, mouth and teeth, feet and legs, udder, body condition and disposition. Problem cows ...

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