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A Cow's Wish for 2006
Livestock Update, January 2006
John B. Hall, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, Virginia Tech
Here's a wish list I developed a few years ago (with revisions), but it's a good idea to review it. Here's wishing you a successful 2006.
In 2006 please give me:
- Good working facilities - so I don't get hurt
- Improved pasture management for better grazing
- A premise ID and records to enhance my calf's and my own marketability
- A good free choice loose mineral with high copper and selenium
- Regular body condition checks to decide when to supplement
- A bull that meets VQA requirements, maybe even an AI bull
- Attention during calving - sometimes I need help or my calf is weak
- A 60 to 90 day breeding season, I don't like that bull that much
- A complete vaccination program that includes lepto
- Process my calf at birth so he gets a good start and is identified
- Dewormer for my calves, but none for me. I'm resistant to worms!
- Control of those darn flies
- A vaccination and weaning program for my calf so he won't get sick
- Veterinarians that know what they're doing and can give you an estimated calving date.
- A marketing program for my calf so he sells well and you can afford to keep me another year.
- Finally, if this is the year I don't measure up - market me quickly and effectively. Not as a cripple or thin cow.
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