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It refers to the teeth, very loose or missing teeth are broken mouth, the stage before is called short and solid. Once a cow reaches short and solid it gets harder the age them accurately. Harsh forage or abrasive feed can shorten the teeth before they really are all that old. When a cow is broken mouthed her ability to eat and process feed is reduced and can't generally carry as good a body condition or make as much milk for her calf. More then you wanted to know, but ...........

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> I saw an advertisement for cattle
> auction and it referred to two
> cows as broken mouth.What is that?
 
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> It refers to the teeth, very loose
> or missing teeth are broken mouth,
> the stage before is called short
> and solid. Once a cow reaches
> short and solid it gets harder the
> age them accurately. Harsh forage
> or abrasive feed can shorten the
> teeth before they really are all
> that old. When a cow is broken
> mouthed her ability to eat and
> process feed is reduced and can't
> generally carry as good a body
> condition or make as much milk for
> her calf. More then you wanted to
> know, but ...........

> dunmovin farms

Thanks for the response!I am always willing to learn.

Homer

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What is considered harsh forage? I have mostly fescue, clover, ky bluegrass and orchard grass pasture.

Abrasive feed? is that whole corn?

When a cow becomes ss... does that mean they are normally between 10 and 12 yrs old?

Is a broken mouth usually around 13-15 yrs old and then a popcorn mouth (considered old) after about 15 yrs of age??
 

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thank you all for the help... I've been looking at some short solid cows and was wondering if they'd live long enough to have 3 or 4 calves for me and it sounds like they would.

Someone told me if the hay was baled too tight a cow could break off a tooth just reaching in for it and perhaps that's what happened to some of these really young cows you all are talking about.

thanks again
 

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MoGal":1rnec8xo said:
What is considered harsh forage? I have mostly fescue, clover, ky bluegrass and orchard grass pasture.

Abrasive feed? is that whole corn?

When a cow becomes ss... does that mean they are normally between 10 and 12 yrs old?

Is a broken mouth usually around 13-15 yrs old and then a popcorn mouth (considered old) after about 15 yrs of age??

abrasive feed? correct me someone if'n i'm wrong but i would consider that to be any high fiber feed low protein feed like cottonseed hulls soy hulls citrus pulp mainly used for roughage or *filler* like we call it.
We don't get that technical about cow's teeth and the terms used. Their teeth fall out we call em gummers maybe change their diet a little. Wheat pasture is great in the winter months. But normally they are culled (sold) soon as possible.
 

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Harsh forage would be grasses like bahia and weeping love grass. Those forages will wear a cow out before her time. I have also seen cows mouths that had excessive wear when grass was short due to drought and they were running on very sandy soils.

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Harsh forage or abrasive feed can shorten the teeth before they really are all that old. When a cow is broken mouthed her ability to eat and process feed is reduced and can't generally carry as good a body condition or make as much milk for her calf.
 
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