Well, I'm showing my ignorance again, but the only way to get over it is to ask someone. What in the world are cowmen talking about when they refer to a cow as being rat-tailed. I was told that if the tail was "slick" that that was what was called rat-tailed. When I asked what that was supposed to imply all I got in response was "genetics." What is meant by that? I'm not too good with these one word answers. I need a more in depth reply. Can anyone help me? I need to know if it is a bad thing or not because I have 2 heifers (simmental crosses that I just bought)that are "rat-tailed." Thanking all of you more knowledgable folks in advance, Bayoucowgirl.