To weight or not to weight? That is the question.

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To weight or not to weight? That is the question.

Postby RisingCreekHerefords » Sun Feb 28, 2016 4:24 pm

I have a horned Hereford heifer I will be showing this year. I am used to polled animals. My question is, would you weight her horns? Or let them go naturally? I personally like the natural look, but I don't want to be docked or frowned upon because I left them alone. They really aren't growing very quickly. Any suggestions? She will be a yearling in May.

PS: She's not show ready at the moment by any means!

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Re: To weight or not to weight? That is the question.

Postby shortybreeder » Sun Feb 28, 2016 8:53 pm

Some shows have limits to the size the horns can be which is something to think about, but I have no experience with weighting because I have polled shorthorns-sorry
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Re: To weight or not to weight? That is the question.

Postby Aaron » Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:29 pm

If you do weight them, I would wait for a few more months and then go with a 3/4 lb set. Usually on horns that are 5-6" long roughly.

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I would find out your show's limits, as Shorty said.
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Re: To weight or not to weight? That is the question.

Postby RisingCreekHerefords » Thu Mar 03, 2016 5:16 pm

I will go over the rules again, but as far as I know they don't have a limit. It will be the NAILE and maybe a smaller regional show here.
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Re: To weight or not to weight? That is the question.

Postby herefordhandler16 » Sun Mar 13, 2016 10:44 am

Since her horns are still short like that I would have someone burn them down with a branding iron. It gets rid of the problem all together and they will not develop an aggressive attitude because they have horns. Plus once it heals no one will ever know you did it. This is the heifer we last year Image
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Re: To weight or not to weight? That is the question.

Postby Nesikep » Sun Mar 13, 2016 12:24 pm

I personally like horns that point up... but if you're showing, well.. yes, find out the rules they have.
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