Butcher cow - pregnant?

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Ryan

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Situation: Have a cow. Want to "harvest" this cow. She is ~2 months bred.

Question: Do you abort the calf prior to taking to slaughter? Pros and cons of aborting or not? does it matter?


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So I shouldnt worry if she's a couple months bred or not
 

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Ryan":2fwxj033 said:
So I shouldnt worry if she's a couple months bred or not

Should be fine if she's in good flesh. We butchered one that turned out to be about 5 months pregnant. She didn't calve with the rest and we had pulled the bull so I assumed she was open. I forgot about the bull getting loose... Oh well, she should have calved with the rest if she wanted to stay here.

Ryan, I know guys who deliberately breed heifers 2-3 before they expect to butcher them, old cows too. They settle down and the natural hormones cause them to fatten nicely.
 

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I read somewhere that a pregnant cow is the most tender meat there is- the hormones loosen the connective tissues so everything can expand.

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Caustic Burno":2y5tmkhw said:
You really don't think those breed cows going through the sale barns are making any addtional stops on the way to being knocked in the head.

I didnt think so.

This actually isnt my cow getting butchered. The owner asked me, and I didnt know for sure as I had never butchered a cow before. Just wanted to make sure for him. Thanks for alls responses.

Ryan
 

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For sure lots of pregnant cows and heifers go to slaughter.
We have butchered pregnant cows and the meat is just fine.
 

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A high percentage of cows are pregnant at slaughter, this increases by a large margin during droughts. The general consensus amongst the veterinary staff I worked with, was that under 5 months is acceptable, but later there are issues of pegnancy toxaemia and welfare concerns.
 

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A high percentage of cows are pregnant at slaughter, this increases by a large margin during droughts. The general consensus amongst the veterinary staff I worked with, was that under 5 months is acceptable, but later there are issues of pegnancy toxaemia and welfare concerns.
 

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Check the price that ''fetal blood'' brings from the packers :shock: The usda will list it on the monthly ''drop'' price for byproducts.
 
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