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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:
- Good working facilities so I don't get hurt
- Improved pasture management for better grazing
- 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
- 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.
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