We have a cow. She is 4. Part dairy,part beef. She didn't breed. So we called 2 processors, both told me that USDA will not allow them to butcher anything over 30 months old. I can sell her for cull prices at the auction, then they can take the meat and sell it for $5/lb. John & Jill Q public are going to get exactly what they deserve, but not what they thought.