6 Oct 2018
Horned cattle are a major management problem on farm, causing significant risks for both handlers and other stock.
Removing the horns has benefits for both humans and cattle. Over the long term, the best method of producing cattle without horns is by selective breeding. This has been achieved for several naturally horned breeds, such as the Hereford, but for many other breeds, particularly dairy cattle, the percentage of polled stock remains very small. So for the foreseeable future, the removal of horns is going to remain a common management procedure.