What the heck does this mean about aggression?

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What the heck does this mean about aggression?

Postby BK9954 » Wed May 24, 2017 8:18 pm

Hair whirls (little twists of hair) found high on the head can indicate bad temperament.

Hair whirls found low in the head means a calm temperament.

Fine cannon bone animals tend to scare more easily.

Can someone explain what hair?

Here is the article. The quote is at the bottom for context.

http://farmstyle.com.au/news/understand ... mall-farms
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Re: What the heck does this mean about aggression?

Postby Fire Sweep Ranch » Wed May 24, 2017 8:48 pm

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See right between her eyes, but lower, the hair has a swirl in it? That is a hair whorl.

Edited to add she is one of our calmest heifers, never walks away nor runs from anything. The hair whorl has truth to it...
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Re: What the heck does this mean about aggression?

Postby BK9954 » Wed May 24, 2017 8:53 pm

Fire Sweep Ranch wrote:Image

See right between her eyes, but lower, the hair has a swirl in it? That is a hair whorl.

Edited to add she is one of our calmest heifers, never walks away nor runs from anything. The hair whorl has truth to it...

Cool brand by the way. I was thinking about in top of the head, most cows have a little top hair where the horns used to be or would be in horned cattle. I have those and they are tame. I appreciate the quick response.
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Re: What the heck does this mean about aggression?

Postby Fire Sweep Ranch » Wed May 24, 2017 9:01 pm

Thank you about the brand.... we kind of like it too!

Here is another heifer, I was just looking through pics to try to find a good shot of the whorl. Notice hers is above her eyes? Well, she is a pain in the arse to work with! When walking through our herd, she will walk away before you get near, does not want to be messed with, and freaks out in the chute (shakes her head, constantly moving...). She was shown at several shows, and that tends to mellow them down a bunch. Not this little lady, she has an edge to her...And her docility EPD is at the bottom for the breed too!

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Re: What the heck does this mean about aggression?

Postby BK9954 » Wed May 24, 2017 9:11 pm

perfect explanation
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Postby greybeard » Wed May 24, 2017 9:35 pm

Fire Sweep Ranch wrote:Thank you about the brand.... we kind of like it too!

Here is another heifer, I was just looking through pics to try to find a good shot of the whorl. Notice hers is above her eyes? Well, she is a pain in the arse to work with! When walking through our herd, she will walk away before you get near, does not want to be messed with, and freaks out in the chute (shakes her head, constantly moving...). She was shown at several shows, and that tends to mellow them down a bunch. Not this little lady, she has an edge to her...And her docility EPD is at the bottom for the breed too!

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Shave it off..or give her a hair straightening 'do'.

Seen plenty with no whorls at all that were hades on wheels.
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Re: What the heck does this mean about aggression?

Postby dun » Thu May 25, 2017 12:18 am

That's one of temple grandons theorys. When I first saw that I was working with 15 dairy herds and made a note of the whorl on all of the cows. Seemed like about half the time it was dead on and about half it was way out of wack. It sure isn;t something I would use a a culling criteria.
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Re: What the heck does this mean about aggression?

Postby Nesikep » Thu May 25, 2017 1:20 am

Coolest headed bull I've ever had... whorl slightly above eye line
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very lovey dovey heifer..
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No whorl.. she's been a little skittish her whole life, but suddenly will surprise you and be all nice.. she was the first to come up to one of my friends, a complete stranger.. go figure
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Mother of that heifer and the bull.. well.. she's got a medium-high whorl, and is a docile cow, but will lose her marbles if you have to work her.. she's not aggressive, but gets worked up easily.. none of her offspring have shown that though.
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Re: What the heck does this mean about aggression?

Postby BK9954 » Thu May 25, 2017 11:49 pm

I wish brahman had whorls. Hair is too short.
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Re: What the heck does this mean about aggression?

Postby Son of Butch » Fri May 26, 2017 12:23 am

Reading the Hair Whirl on a child's head also reveals info on their brain development when they were in the womb.
Can be used for culling... i.e. any member of isis with any form of hair whirl... bullet behind the ear
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Postby ClinchValley » Sat Jun 03, 2017 6:18 am

Son of Butch wrote: i.e. any member of isis with any form of hair whirl... bullet behind the ear



I LIKE IT!!!
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Re: What the heck does this mean about aggression?

Postby greybeard » Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:45 am

Good thing our parents didn't cull us using the same protocols.
Cowlick hair seems to run in the male side of my family.
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Re: What the heck does this mean about aggression?

Postby MRRherefords » Sat Jun 03, 2017 3:33 pm

We have a few animals that are so calm, they won't hardly move for you. They follow us around like dogs and are so docile. All of them have whirls above the eyes.
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