Care for Older Cattle
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 12:54AM
Russell Hooks

Texas Longhorn cattle are known for their longevity, living into their mid to late teens. There are documented accounts of cattle living into their twenties with some making it into their thirties. While living that long is a major accomplishment for a bovine some of these animals even continue to produce quality offspring along the way. In the case of most of these cattle they do this with little to no extra help. It's my opinion that we are seeing a decrease in the longevity in our breed, but that is a whole other topic for another day.

 In this brief article, we are going to talk about the little extra care that a breeder can provide for the senior cows in the herd. Sometimes new breeders find it more affordable to purchase older proven cattle to hopefully build their herd. This is not always an affordable way to go but rather a costly way when you are not prepared to provided the extra care they may need.  I am not saying "don't buy older cattle" but rather educate yourself and be prepared to go the extra mile for them. The cow pictured above is one of those older cows (18+yrs) that holds up well and doesn't look or show her age. She has maintained her body condition while simply running on good pasture. She calves regularly and breeds back quickly. As a matter of fact she calved not long after this photo was taken and bred back 25 days after calving. So she is one of those easy keeping older cows. Not all older cows are this easy to care for but they can be worth the effort.  

There a few simple things that I feel a breeder can do to help these older cows out  in hopes of getting a few more calves on the ground from them. Click for complete article

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