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Re: Horned or Polled
« Reply #15 on: April 28, 2008, 11:59:21 AM »
 If the chi's were put into them before 1966 then it comes from the chi's but back then those short little things would shure kick the heck out of you. roni

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Re: Horned or Polled
« Reply #16 on: April 28, 2008, 12:04:57 PM »
Good point.   There was a reason my dad showed Shorthorn steers that he had to buy, instead of the Angus heifer that we already raised...
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Re: Horned or Polled
« Reply #17 on: April 28, 2008, 01:07:20 PM »
  I wouldn't let the horn status of a bull decide whether or not I use a bull if I like the bull, but I would rather have great polled genetics. I don't like it @ all when I buy a "POLLED" bull, then get scurs or horns. That upsets me. I like to use dehorning paste, but like Elbee says with his method, it has to be done right. I like to do it day 1 while the buttons are soft. If done correctly, I would challenge anyone to tell if the calf ever had horns.

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Re: Horned or Polled
« Reply #18 on: April 28, 2008, 01:31:33 PM »
I recently went to a big farm that used the paste right away.  Within a day or so if they feel any indication they put the paste on then put duct tape around it and under the head.  They swore by it.  We use to do that to our dairy calves, but anymore we prefer polled, but we get a set and the vet comes out and takes them off.
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Re: Horned or Polled
« Reply #19 on: April 29, 2008, 12:14:29 AM »
When we raised purebred cattle (Simmentals) there was no selling a horned animal. Now it almost needs to be homo polled. But with the club calves we breed now it doesn't matter.

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Re: Horned or Polled
« Reply #20 on: April 29, 2008, 10:43:19 AM »
I will get crucified for this....but some of the first black purebred black simmentals were god awfull cattle.

Your right they were.
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Re: Horned or Polled
« Reply #21 on: April 29, 2008, 09:26:53 PM »
For our purebreds we check them throughly at a few months old.  If they have horns then we paste them which suprisinly works very well.  But the big thing is to use a polled bull. 

I have also heard about the you need the horn to get the butt deal but like someone else said that is not the case anymore.

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