Basic Beef Cattle Biology

Ca ttle like sheep a r e obliga te her bivor es a

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Unformatted text preview: umina nts. Ca ttle, like sheep, a r e obliga te her bivor es, a lthough they a r e nonselec tive gr a z er s with a denta l pa d instea d of top fr ont teeth. Ca ttle shed ‘ ba by’ teeth, r egur gita te a nd r e- c hew their food, using mic r oor ga nisms in the r umen to fer ment fibr ous pla nt ma ter ia l - pr oduc ing food ener gy a nd metha ne (to be belc hed) in the pr oc ess. d) Hor ns: Ca ttle c ome in hor ned a nd polled va r ieties, depending upon the br eed. Some br eeds, like the Her efor d, c ome in both a Polled a nd Hor ned br eed. e) B a sic B ody Pa r ts of Ca ttle (Yea h - it' s a n or a nge c ow. Got a pr oblem with tha t?) C . B a s i c H u s b a n dr y a n d M a n a g e me n t a ) The Cow- Ca lf Segment: The c ommer c ia l c ow- c a lf pr oduc er ma inta ins a her d of c ows, br eeds these c ows, r a ises the c a lves to wea ning a nd sells them a t r oughly 6- 10 months of a ge a nd 450 to 700 lbs. The c a lves a r e the pr ima r y sour c e of r evenue, so ‘ open’ (nonpr egna nt) c ows a r e sold for fa ilur e to tur n a pr ofit. Some heifer c a lves a r e kept a s her d r epla c ements. Commer c ia l ver sus Pur ebr ed. Ther e a r e two types of c ow- c a lf pr oduc er s - the c ommer c ia l c a ttlemen (a ppr ox a nima lsc ie nc e 2.uc da vis.e du/a ns1/ha ndouts/be e f _c a ttle .html 1/3 10/2/13 Ba sic Be e f Ca ttle Biology 960, 000 in the US) a nd Pur ebr ed (or Seedstoc k) pr oduc er s (a ppr ox 150,...
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