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Jan 4, 2021 | 21:42 61
Quote Originally Posted by Blaithin View Post
I don’t mind horns. Although it would be nicer if the whole herd was horned, some of the polled girls are at a bit of a disadvantage.

That said, Stella is the herd matriarch despite being polled and 600lbs lighter than the Limo. She’s a year older and they grew up together and Stella just refuses to not be boss. Even if she loses a fight, in her mind she still wins. Very rarely is there even a fight. Odd how herd hierarchy can work. There’s no question, even though the two of them spend the entire winter not with the dairy girls, that they are the bosses.

I’ve read some papers on the balance horns give the animals (maybe it was biodynamic but for some reason I’m thinking no?). Kind of like reiki in people, if you dehorn an animal it upsets their chakras. It’s been a while but I think it was regarding milk production and how animals that kept their horns were more productive than their de horned counterparts? Something along those lines. Irrelevant in regards to polled breeds since they haven’t lost anything they had to begin with, but an interesting concept none the less. We know horns play a role in heating and cooling in large horned breeds, what else could they be doing. Lots of times I’ve heard the analogy of being dehorned like losing a finger. Well if I lost a finger I’d be a bit out of whack. I’ll see if I can find what I read again. Maybe it’s lost it’s shine over the years and sounds better in my memory!
Ummmm ............ all the steers here have lost a package of something............ I better ask them tomorrow if it has thrown their balance or “reiki” off. I’ll have to ask them what the latter is too.

I think they’ll be more concerned whether the feed truck is coming for them or not though👍 Reply With Quote
Blaithin's Avatar Jan 4, 2021 | 22:07 62
Quote Originally Posted by woodland View Post
Ummmm ............ all the steers here have lost a package of something............ I better ask them tomorrow if it has thrown their balance or “reiki” off. I’ll have to ask them what the latter is too.

I think they’ll be more concerned whether the feed truck is coming for them or not though👍
Well that’s easy enough to hypothesize.

How do you think you would feel if you lost that package? 😂😂 Reply With Quote