Thanks for saying so-I have to say I too love horned Herefords, and probably prefer them over the polled ones as well. This fella is pretty great though.
I have to say around here Herefords are few and far between, my quest to add them to the farm here would probably have been an interesting thread. Growing up my granddad (and every other cattleman around here) raised Herefords. By the time I enlisted they started being replaced by black herds and today, they are scarce. If somebody local has some commercial Herefords they don’t want to sell them, but that’s a big if anyhow…because there aren’t many. I’ve always been partial to baldies, and have wanted to produce some nice ones.
I looked for months, used order buyers, attended sales myself, and still ended up getting my Herefords 1 or 2 at a time. I even wound up buying some 800 lb heifers out of a feedlot, it was a challenge putting a few together for the farm. Now I’m going into the breeding season with 14 Herefords, the balance of my other cattle being black Angus-although three of my Herefords were bought as bred cows so goodness knows what they’ll pop out.
I figure with these 2 bulls I’ll still get my baldies, will get some solid black (which I like), and will eventually end up with some nice Herefords-as I’m figuring building the Hereford herd with what I have now is the only practical way to do it here. The only thing I’ll end up with that I won’t really be excited about are my Hereford steers-but I’ll raise them as best as I can to combat the red hide discount…hopefully.
I don’t have experience dehorning yet…maybe I’ll pick that up soon and the next Hereford bull will have some horns. With that said, I’m pretty happy with the fella I have now ☺️.