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Horn dilemma
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KatG    Posted 02-06-2005 at 11:56:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Our little Jersey heifer that is going on 5 months old has little pointy horns...can't even see them due to her fur...theyare that short...well noticed yesterday they are lose...wiggle when you touch them...almost like a lose tooth...What is going on??? Do some cows lose their baby horns...My other heifer has got big strong horns that are very visible...Got to get her dehorned if I don't sell her...Is this condition something to see the vet about...The vet thinks I am crazy..he is right on that subject...Thanks...KatG


Fern(Mi)    Posted 02-06-2005 at 12:51:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
If the buttons are loose they may not be horns, but rather scures. This bovine may not be horned nor polled. But having scures, these loose horns(?) remaining unattached to the skull don’t fully develop into solid full grown horns. In registration papers, she’d be registered Polled, with a scure’s simple included in her registration number.
Not being there I can not tell you more either way without a hands on examination.

Fernan

PS. Waiting to if this message gets by the potty dictionary???????


Alias    Posted 02-06-2005 at 12:23:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kat, our family milk cows were allowed to keep their horns. It was easy to toss a rope over their horns whenever it was necessary to lead them from one place to another. But you wouldn't want to try that with one that wasn't pretty much house broken. Another thing to consider, the horns come in handy if a preditor threatens a baby calf. ........gfp


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