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I noticed under the sick mother message the terms heifer and cow. I thought an animal was a heifer until she had her 1st calf, then was referred to as a cow. Could someone clear this up for me? Thx

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In the strictest sense you are correct. But, (there's always a but) young cows nursing their first calves are still referrred to as heifers. Some folks even ever to second calf heifers. Actually they're young cows, but semantics twists things around sometimes.

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> I noticed under the sick mother
> message the terms heifer and cow.
> I thought an animal was a heifer
> until she had her 1st calf, then
> was referred to as a cow. Could
> someone clear this up for me? Thx
 

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