Cow/heifer dies during birth - do you butcher her?

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Cow/heifer dies during birth - do you butcher her?

Postby NonTypicalCPA » Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:56 am

I'm still pretty new to cattle and thankfully haven't lost any. However, this question has popped up in my mind as I have a heifer due any day. What do you folks do with the cow/heifer that dies during or shortly after birth?
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Re: Cow/heifer dies during birth - do you butcher her?

Postby jehosofat » Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:01 am

Bury her, meat ain't gonna be any good after that much stress.
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Re: Cow/heifer dies during birth - do you butcher her?

Postby TennesseeTuxedo » Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:23 pm

I agree with jumping jehosofat.
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Re: Cow/heifer dies during birth - do you butcher her?

Postby NonTypicalCPA » Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:27 pm

That was my concern. I know in whitetails, a lot of stress hormones negatively affect the meat. Thanks for confirming in cattle. I hope to never experience it.
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Re: Cow/heifer dies during birth - do you butcher her?

Postby jerry27150 » Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:10 pm

if the cow is alive we have always eaten them. vet claimed the hormones from calving tenderizes the meat
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Re: Cow/heifer dies during birth - do you butcher her?

Postby Workinonit Farm » Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:07 pm

NonTypicalCPA wrote:That was my concern. I know in whitetails, a lot of stress hormones negatively affect the meat. Thanks for confirming in cattle. I hope to never experience it.


Instead of wasting her, you could use her for dog food.
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Re: Cow/heifer dies during birth - do you butcher her?

Postby cowgirl8 » Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:22 pm

The meat will be watery and smell funny when its cooking....
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Re: Cow/heifer dies during birth - do you butcher her?

Postby NonTypicalCPA » Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:54 pm

Workinonit Farm wrote:
NonTypicalCPA wrote:That was my concern. I know in whitetails, a lot of stress hormones negatively affect the meat. Thanks for confirming in cattle. I hope to never experience it.


Instead of wasting her, you could use her for dog food.


My lab would be all about that!!
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Re: Cow/heifer dies during birth - do you butcher her?

Postby True Grit Farms » Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:03 pm

It'll be the worst beef you've ever ate, I have that sign.
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Re: Cow/heifer dies during birth - do you butcher her?

Postby jehosofat » Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:19 pm

cowgirl8 wrote:The meat will be watery and smell funny when its cooking....


What's it taste like?
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Re: Cow/heifer dies during birth - do you butcher her?

Postby boondocks » Thu Mar 08, 2018 1:59 am

Wouldn't meat salvagers/renderers come pick one like that up (assuming the cause of death was clearly childbirth not infection)? At least then you wouldn't have the chore of burying her on top of the loss of the cow....
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