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Aging a cow is an imprecise science. Depends on who looks in the mouth and what they think they see (or want to see) mostly. Someone in the U.S. may have underaged her intentionally so she would sell higher. I have bought cattle as first caving heifers, taken them make six-months later with a calf and had them marked as being 3-4 years old. Had one marked as a 1 1/2 and she had a calf a month old with her.

I would like to ask the USDA why they didn't try to track at least every dairy cow which came in to the U.S. after the one in Canada was found. Jena told us the Canadian cow was an Angus, but MCD almost always seems to be related to a dairy breed.

Ken S. in WC TN
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