When veterinarian James Coots first started pulling calves in the county, his fee to the farmer would run $9 or $10 assuming there were no complications.
That was in 1968.
Now, after more than 40 years in practice, Coots is retiring. His last day at Shelby Veterinary Clinic will be Dec. 31.
Coots, who specializes in large-animal practice, said the time has come to slow down.
"In large-animal practice you have to get out of the way sometimes," Coots said. "And I don't get out of the way as fast as I used to."