cow pollinater":12sgi45x said:In reading this I see that some have taken my comments as bashing polled herefords. That is not my intent at all. I do strongly prefer horns but that is my personal preference and I do like good cattle of all breeds including some polled herefords. My point is that there is an insistence in this thread that polled is better and my response is that A. Not everyone thinks so. B. If polled are better then why do you feel the need to use a horned bull at all? That seems intellectually dishonest to me.
If it is of any relief to you, I didn't take your comments as bashing on polleds if I happen to be one of the responses you are referring to. I do take issue when I hear someone say "there is no such thing as a good polled bull" because that is just pure bias and narrow sighted thinking. I think there are some great bulls out there both horned and polled but depending on the breeder and their goals one or the other may not fit their program. For instance I really like what I have seen and heard of the 3027 horned bull but since we are a polled herd and do not want horns on our cattle we'll never use him directly. Maybe if we found a good homozygous polled bull where he is present in the pedigree we'd get some of that influence. One of our best cows right now is one we bought off a sale that is sired by a horned bull from Holdens and our former Rausch herd bull was actually sired by a horned bull as well so we're not afraid to dip into the horn pool some but our goal is to breed polled cattle so we're a lot more selective on what is in the pedigree of the bulls we breed with.