Evaluate Udder Soundness Soon After Calving to Use as Culling Criteria

Evaluate Udder Soundness Soon After Calving to Use as Culling Criteria

Glenn Selk

Drovers

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.

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