Udder Soundness is Important Culling Criteria

Udder Soundness is Important Culling Criteria

Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University

Every year at “preg” checking time, ranchers evaluate cows and make decisions as which to remove from the herd.  One criteria that should be examined to cull cows is udder quality.  Beef cattle producers are not as likely to think about udder health and shape as are dairy producers, but this attribute affects cow productivity and should be considered.  It may be easier to be accurate in your culling decisions, if you exam the udder soundness of the cows shortly after calving when they are at the peak of lactation and the udder is as large as at any time. Take time during the calving season to write down which cows have unsound udders.

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