"We do not slaughter cows until it is their time. We do slaughter some heifers. A heifer is a young female; in our case 22-25 months of age. Over the past 5 years the ratio between heifers and steers in the program has been 20-25% heifers. There is no difference in carcass quality, composition or flavor between steers and heifers. Heifers are often selected for beginning grass fed efforts because they "finish" sooner than steers at somewhat lesser weight."
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#1. Once a female animal has had at least one calf she is called a cow. Cows are slaughtered only once they become unproductive to the herd. Then they are culled and processed for hamburger.
#2. Heifer is a term used for young female animals (generally 22-25 months).
#3. The term steer has no age reference; it's a male who has been castrated.
#4. Heifers are harvested in some cases because they "finish" sooner; meaning they bulk up to a weight suitable for harvesting, even though she may weigh less than a full grown steer.
#5. The males are just as sweet and tender as the females!
Bottom line, eventually, it all ends up on the plate. That is the job of the responsible rancher. Keep their herd healthy, fit and productive. This may be more than you wanted to know, but I feel much better having gotten this straight in my head.
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|Here I am with Leroy from the 47 Ranch in McNeal, AZ |
when he was just a baby last summer.
As you can see by the picture on my last blog, Leroy has become a big boy!