Natural life span

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  1. lgslgs

    lgslgs Well-Known Member

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    What is the oldest cow/bull/steer that you've owned or know of first hand?

    We've seen the web article on Big Bertha (48 years old) and have friends who's oldest cow is 18. Other than that, it looks like there's just a lot of speculation and not many first hand accounts.

    Does anyone know how long cows generally live if kept well, not bred out, and not culled?

    Lynda
     
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    wr Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    The oldest cow we owned died of natural causes at 23 but Longhorns are known for longevity. My father had an old Longhorn cow die at 32 and she had given him a calf a year since her 2 year old year and was in calf when she died.
     

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    lgslgs Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the info on this. We have a little calf who we're training as a single ox and she's headed for a life of light-duty ox work, riding, being a member of the family, and being allowed to live her full lifespan even after she needs to retire from work.

    It was nice to get an idea how long we might be able to enjoy having Connie around.

    Lynda