Breeding horned to polled.

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I have a 15 month old miniature polled Hereford that I want to breed. The person that AI’s my cattle has dexter that I can breed her to but he’s horned… and I do not want horned cattle. From what I read, the polled cattle are dominate so the offspring would be polled. Ideas?
 
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Fair enough, beyond my comprehension any benefit of a mini.
Well, I have only had cattle for 2 years, and I bought my first few because they were a good deal. I work at a feed store and a customer of mine bought some property with cattle on it. I made him an offer and made money selling the cows. Smaller Herefords. I kept 2 that I absolutely loved. I was only 23 when I started my cattle company so to be honest, I was pretty excited to even own cattle. So I have kept the 2 small Herefords that I call “minis”. The mama cow has given me 2 nice calves. I now have 11, the 2 Herefords, some angus, some shorthorn. Where I live, a lot of people have small pieces of property (5ish acres), and they can justify getting miniature cattle.
 

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I have a 15 month old miniature polled Hereford that I want to breed. The person that AI’s my cattle has dexter that I can breed her to but he’s horned… and I do not want horned cattle. From what I read, the polled cattle are dominate so the offspring would be polled. Ideas?
Do you have goals beyond not having horns?
I personally do not like Dexters because they rely on breeding animals with a dwarf gene to animals without. You can have some serious problems with them. If you want to breed your mini you might consider a full blood lowline angus. I raised them for a number of years. They do a great job of turning grass into marbled meat but you have to raise them to 30 months to get an 1100 lb animal that has good marbling on grass. They have been by far the best beef I have eaten. I still have a lowline/red angus I breed to my big Murray Grey bull and her calves are fantastic.

Another thing I would consider is how big is your heifer? In my grass fed program we do not breed at 15 months. We shoot for a first calf heifer to to calve between 30 and 36 months in order to get a full size momma and a full size calf. This was especially so with my smaller cattle back in the day.

My biggest beef with minis is the unscrupulous breeding practices of those that push this breed. Every single pen of mini herefords i have seen, all born within days of each other, were all over the map as far as size, musculature, confirmation. They should look like well formed, same size, carbon copies if the breed and the breeder is any good. It just is not so with mini cows in general.

If you love your mini Hereford and you really want to breed her, wait until she is 21 months and AI her to a good lowline bull if you don't have one in your area, keep her as a pet, or let her go. That is my advice. And is truly the only ethical options I can see.
 
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Do you have goals beyond not having horns?
I personally do not like Dexters because they rely on breeding animals with a dwarf gene to animals without. You can have some serious problems with them. If you want to breed your mini you might consider a full blood lowline angus. I raised them for a number of years. They do a great job of turning grass into marbled meat but you have to raise them to 30 months to get an 1100 lb animal that has good marbling on grass. They have been by far the best beef I have eaten. I still have a lowline/red angus I breed to my big Murray Grey bull and her calves are fantastic.

Another thing I would consider is how big is your heifer? In my grass fed program we do not breed at 15 months. We shoot for a first calf heifer to to calve between 30 and 36 months in order to get a full size momma and a full size calf. This was especially so with my smaller cattle back in the day.

My biggest beef with minis is the unscrupulous breeding practices of those that push this breed. Every single pen of mini herefords i have seen, all born within days of each other, were all over the map as far as size, musculature, confirmation. They should look like well formed, same size, carbon copies if the breed and the breeder is any good. It just is not so with mini cows in general.

If you love your mini Hereford and you really want to breed her, wait until she is 21 months and AI her to a good lowline bull if you don't have one in your area, keep her as a pet, or let her go. That is my advice. And is truly the only ethical options I can see.
I really like all the points you brought up. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions. To be honest, I’m not a fan of dexters at all. I think my best option is to wait till she’s a bit older, and AI her to a lowline angus like you said, with low bw. Honestly, I don’t really know the history on my 2 “mini” Herefords. I bought them from a gentleman who had purchased property and the cattle came with it. I bought all 11 head, took 10 to the livestock market sale, and only kept 1 bred cow that I fell in love with. I kept her heifer calf too and that’s who I’ve been referring to. I’ll have to take pictures of her and post here. Just in comparison to my angus heifers who are only a month or two older, she’s shorter than the angus.
 
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