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Cow's Wish for 2000

Livestock Update, January 2000

John Hall, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, Virginia Tech

As 2000 comes into view, your Y2K compliant beef-producing unit (the cow) has a wish list for the New Year. In 2000, please give me:

  1. Good working facilities so I don't get hurt
  2. Improved pasture management for better grazing
  3. A good free choice loose mineral with high copper and selenium
  4. Regular body condition checks to decide when to supplement
  5. A bull that meets VQA requirements, maybe even an AI bull
  6. Attention during calving
  7. A 60 to 90 day breeding season, I don't like that bull that much
  8. A complete vaccination program that includes lepto
  9. Process my calf at birth so he gets a good start and is identified
  10. Dewormer for my calves, but none for me. I'm resistant to worms!
  11. Control of those darn flies
  12. A vaccination and weaning program for my calf so he won't get sick
  13. Veterinarians that know what they're doing and can give you an estimated calving date
  14. A marketing program for my calf so he sells well and you can afford to keep me another year.

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