cow pollinater":62ilicsa said:Two things jump out at me after thinking about this thread a little more. No disrespect intended to anyone but in my mind they're worth considering.
For years polled cattle breeders have been telling us they are just as good as horned and I must admit that the quality has improved greatly. If polled really is just as good as horned and the horns are a no go then why would you not just stick with polled bulls? There are enough out there of seemingly good quality that you shouldn't feel the need to use a horned bull unless you felt they had something that your cattle lacked.
If you're willing to works so hard to educate people, why not just tell them why you chose to use a horned bull?
Its called breed improvement. Having the ability to remove a negative trait from a gene pool makes my job, and every other breeder, a whole lot easier as I am simply trying to breed the best hereford cattle I can. If I found a horned bull that was good enough to use I wouldn't be afraid to use him. The horned gene in of itself doesn't bring value for my goals or my customers needs. They prefer not to dehorn calves.
You could ask your question in reverse too, why not just use polled bulls rather than work so hard to educate people? I would be curious to know if this technology would be available today at an affordable price, how many horned bulls would be genetically spliced with the polled gene. We may find out someday.