Estimating Cattle Age Using Dentition
Knowing cattle age is useful for both cattle management and marketing. Age affects cattle value. Both replacement and market cows typically decline in value as they age. When possible, cattle birth records should be kept and transferred with the cattle as they move from one operation to another. In this way, the exact ages of animals will be known.
When cattle age records are not available, dentition may be used to estimate cattle age. It is common for cattle of unknown age to be “mouthed” by a veterinarian or other trained person to estimate their ages when marketed.
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