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dun

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A barren cow is one without a calf. Usually by the time they're classified as barren they've gone several years without calving.
A freemartin is a sterile heifer born twin to a bull, whoever there are cases of a heifer being a freemartin and no bull calf is born. If there were twins at the appropriate time and the bull dies and was reabsorbed the heifer will still be a freemartin but you won;t know it, and maybe not suspect it till she doesn't carry a pregnancy through full term.
To be 100% acurate, a cow can not by definition be a freemartin.

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The reason i asked was , i went to a sale this past weekend and was sitting near and old timer and he mention to me that the cow that was in the ring looked barren. So a cow that maybe barren today could have had a calf in the past.Is it disease are other factors that cause a cow to go barren?
 

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She could be old and not be able to breed, have disease that prevents her from breeding, just be a slow breeder so she didn't get caught by the bull, too fat, too thin, .....................
There are probably as many reasons are there are cows in that condition

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Arancher":1yptmdst said:
The reason i asked was , i went to a sale this past weekend and was sitting near and old timer and he mention to me that the cow that was in the ring looked barren. So a cow that maybe barren today could have had a calf in the past.Is it disease are other factors that cause a cow to go barren?
 

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Believe what Dun is telling you. Don't expect him to be wrong.
In this case he is right AGAIN. humm. The oldtimer may have called the animal a cow but TECHNICALLY if she was BARREN she was not a COW.
She may have been a heiferette. O. O. Dun and D.R. Cattle get ready for a rash of questions.

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She may have been like a cow I had a couple of years ago. Had a good calf every year (4 in a row ) did a good job on them. On #5 my brother fed after dark one day and didn't miss her, next day he found her trying to have a calf, could see where she had been stuggling. Got her to a vet, too late to save the calf but she was fine after a few days or so I thought. Butter ball fat and bred back a month later. The problem was she bred back every month for 6 months, the bull really liked her. I kept her longer than I should but sold her in the end. She became what I call "barren" cow, no longer able to have calves after having some.

Hope it helps. ;-)
 

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