Answers to the Bovine Art Pop Quiz

Here are the answers to the Bovine Art Appreciation Pop Quiz. I run a seasonal operation with a focus on buying under-valued animals and increasing their value through grazing, calving and breeding. We also produce a small amount of burger for friends and family. In addition to translating the markings on each animal below, I've included a note about how each one might or might not work into my own operation. I hope it helps you think about how different sale barn animals might or might not fit into your own operation. Note: I am never interested in more than a tiny percentage of the animals at the auction, as most don’t “fit” my program. Someone else has to buy them. 1) Tag placement = Cow 5+ = Five and a half months pregnant V = Vaccinated for brucellosis G = Gummer This is an older (maybe really old) pregnant cow. She might work as a short term project, but only if her 5+ pregnancy fits into my calving window, and then, only if I have irrigated pasture. Hard, dry summer feed requires teeth. Also, like old humans, old cows don't lay down muscle mass very quickly. I would be competing with butcher buyers for her. Keep in mind that a 5-month old fetus will not affect yield much. She will likely be a burger cow. 2) Tag placement = Heifer O = Open 1+ = Year + This is a big, guaranteed open heifer. She will either go as a big feeder calf or a replacement heifer, assuming someone wants to breed here. I have no interest at all.   3)

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