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Post by dun » Fri Aug 24, 2007 3:34 pm

Just looks short haried to me. Maybe I've just seen too many fuzzy looking calves to notice it much. We've had calves born that looked like highlands they had so much hair. When they slicked off they looked like all the others.

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Post by Putangitangi » Fri Aug 24, 2007 6:32 pm

I've a cow with (presumed) hypotrichosis/rat-tail which which has produced four calves so far. She's half Angus, half bits of Hereford, maybe Charolais? Her calves have been two charcoal rat-tail bulls and two straight-haired black heifers (all Angus sires).
These are the cow and the second bull calf:
The cow was a fuzzy little calf and her coat is reasonably thick in winter, quite sparse, although no balding, in summer. The calves went bald around their heads and shoulders in the first few weeks of life, but grew hair again later. They do alright where we are because the climate is reasonably mild.

Interestingly, I've recently noticed that the cow has what look like tiny scurs, although they're only little blemishes visible when her hair is shortest in the summer. I wonder if they're related to the hair/skin abnormality rather than the usual genetics for scurs - unless there's something I don't know about her US Angus sire!

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Post by mitch2 » Thu Aug 30, 2007 2:28 pm

Thanks Put - calf looks just like my calf.
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Post by Susie David » Thu Aug 30, 2007 2:36 pm

They all look the same...naked.
Well not all animals look the same upside-down but y'all know what I mean.
That calf looks like it will grow nicely and hang just as well.
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