At what age does a female calf become a cow?

Beef Cattle November 10, 2008|Print
I don't know if we have a definition when she is consider a cow and not a heifer, but this is my classification: A female bovine at birth is called a heifer calf. If she is retained as a potential female that will be part of the cow herd, she is called a replacement heifer. After she has given birth to her first calf -- usually at about 2-years of age -- she is called a cow. Webster's definition: a fully grown female animal of the ox family, usually kept in herds by farmers for milk ... the female of any animal whose male is known as a bull, for example, the elephant, rhinoceros, whale, seal, moose.

Connect with us

  • Twitter
LOCATE

Donate to Beef Cattle

Your donation keeps eXtension growing.

Give Now

Resources

Cattle Facts:

 

Beef Tips:

  • Reproduction
  • Breeding and Genetics
  • Herd Health
  • Management
  • Nutrition
  • Pastures and Forages

 

Bovine Respiratory Disease

 

Webinars

 

Glossary: