In cattle, horns are inherited as an autosomal recessive genes. Consequently, dehorning is routinely practiced to prevent the significant injuries that can be caused by honed cattle. These include bruising, hide damage, property damage to feedlots and during transport and can cause serious injuries to stockman. Currently, Bruising costs the Australian beef industry about $30 million a year or about $4 per animal at the point of slaughter, with horns identified as the major cause.
The process of dehorning however, it not only labour intensive but has an impact on animal welfare. Therefore, breeding polled cattle reducing the need to dehorning and is a cost effective measure.
Polled wagyu - The Way of the Future
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