Kiwi Polemicist

February 6, 2009

Breeding polled (hornless) cows in New Zealand

Stuff has an interesting article that covers the history of the Ardachie Stud, which is run by Jack Cameron and has been breeding polled (hornless) Jersey cows since 1926.

Virtually all cows have to be dehorned and breeding polled cows has benefits in regard to animal welfare, cost, safety for farmers, and animal temperament.

Jerseys are my favourite cows, which breed is your favourite?



  1. My grandfather has a line of polled Charolais cattle he’s been maintaining for years. Can’t say I have a favourite breed, jersey cows are ok but the bulls are nasty, I’ve been charged by them more than once. Herefords are nice, but I grew up with them so I’m biased!

    Comment by Mr Dennis — February 6, 2009 @ 1:53 pm

    • Mr Dennis: he says that the polled Jerseys are quieter so it’d be interesting to know if the bulls are also quieter. All bulls should be regarded as killers, but I’m sure that you know that.

      Comment by kiwipolemicist — February 6, 2009 @ 3:52 pm

  2. I’ve been round quite a few bulls in my time, but the only ones that have really had a go at me were Jerseys – usually in milking sheds where they lose traction on the concrete and you have a few seconds to get over the fence very, very fast. However I have had to play chicken with stroppy jersey bulls before to turn them (you charge them on the 2-wheeler while doing a wheelie to make yourself look as large as possible, and pray they chicken out and turn tail before you hit them…).

    No, give me a lazy Hereford bull any day!

    Comment by Mr Dennis — February 6, 2009 @ 9:36 pm

    • Mr Dennis: aviating the front wheel on rough ground covered in cow pats sounds hairy at best. AB has a lot to recommend it.

      I’ve used a horse to move a cow that it’s in a bad mood, I wonder if that would work with bulls.

      Comment by kiwipolemicist — February 7, 2009 @ 4:31 pm

  3. I’ve been told that being charged by a cow is far worse than a bull, as they keep their eyes open.

    Speak loudly and carry a big stick, that’s my philosophy!

    Comment by scrubone — February 7, 2009 @ 10:29 pm

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