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Offline tj1993

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white heifer disease
« on: August 11, 2010, 04:38:21 PM »
has anyone ever heard of white heifer disease?  what is it?

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Re: white heifer disease
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2010, 05:35:48 PM »
It is not a disease but a genetic defect found in Shorthorn cattle where white heifers do not bred it happends a lot

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Re: white heifer disease
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2010, 06:20:02 PM »
use the search function here on the planet for more info.

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Re: white heifer disease
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2010, 09:17:41 PM »
heard of it every since we started rasing shorthorns and bought a white show heifer 2 years ago aid her once and seen the bull breed her 3 times never will buy another white heifer
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Re: white heifer disease
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2010, 08:57:22 AM »
I've heard of it, but we've had lots of white Shorthorn heifers since we started in 1963 and never had a breeding failure with one. 

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Re: white heifer disease
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2010, 09:07:11 AM »
In my experience, If the white heifer has red pigment ( ie: red hair on her ears, red speckles around her nose etc) she will be fine. The ones that seem to have white heifer syndrome, are the ones that do not have the red pigment.
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Re: white heifer disease
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2010, 11:43:28 AM »
My late father said that a white one with red hair around the ears might be genetically roan.  I wonder if that works the other way--is a red one with white hair around the ears truly red?  A leading breeder, who registered hundreds of Shorthorns, once had a white one sired by a red bull--I'd suspected that the "red" sire was one of those extremely dark roans with just the occasional white hair.  Or could the sire have been red with white around the ears?

White heifer disease--our champion white bull in the 60's carried it.  What a heartbreak to take two heifers from winning get (state show) and have neither of them ever breed.  With more recent whites from other genetics, there was no problem--by then we did not keep back a white unless she had red ear hair.

One of the famous movie people once had a herd of 100% white Shorthorns.  Probably not a good idea.  The old Scotch breeders liked to use a white bull now and then to keep their reds from getting too pale--deeper reds resulted from having some roan or white not far back in the pedigree, at least that was their theory.

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Re: white heifer disease
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2010, 11:38:01 PM »
is this true with white Holsteins as well?

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Re: white heifer disease
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2010, 08:03:30 AM »
Very interesting topic. I thought about this subject when I looked at the White Angus cattle at the Iowa State Fair yesterday. They must not carry this defect, but I wonder how this breed has maintained itself over the years after decending from one white cow. Vert interesting genetics.

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Re: white heifer disease
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2010, 09:55:45 AM »
I read the title and immediately thought of heifers that are too fat
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Re: white heifer disease
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2010, 10:16:15 AM »
I've never had a problem with a white shorty heifer breeding.
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Re: white heifer disease
« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2010, 10:33:52 AM »
I tend to agree with JIT on this one.
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Re: white heifer disease
« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2010, 10:40:19 AM »
I might be off on a tangent, but in our experience the all white shorties, with light pigment are a handful.  They seem more nervous and take longer to halter break.  Our last white show heifer was a true psycho.   I am sticking to the beautiful caped red roans.
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Re: white heifer disease
« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2010, 11:56:10 AM »
Condition is VERY rare.... JIT is correct... 99% of white heifers are actually roan.  Have never had any trouble with white heifers not breeding!
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Re: white heifer disease
« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2010, 12:01:34 PM »
Condition is VERY rare.... JIT is correct... 99% of white heifers are actually roan.  Have never had any trouble with white heifers not breeding!
Best-looking, deepest-bodied, and MOST FERTILE Shorthorn cow I had was WHITE. She was also horned. To tell the truth, she was also the most protective mother and was very attentive at raising calves, yet, a little bit aggressive during the 3 weeks after calving.

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