I started assessing the girls and discovered we have 13 polled in the KP herd, with 3 potentially homozygous polled, and 21 with 5 potential homozygous polled in our herd. This is where we have aimed to be since introducing polling to our herd and it is an enviable position to be in, but do I cull the older horned cows that always give us excellent calves and take a risk on the young polled heifers? I do not want to mess this up!!
It has taken several days of assessing the herd, but I have come up with some decisions, it does mean we will have several of our older horned cows for sale, along with a few horned and polled heifers which will be in calf. The older girls have always given us outstanding calves and it will be sad to see them go, but we need to follow our plan. AN ENTIRE HERD OF QUALITY HOMOZYGOUS POLLED DEXTERS. I am sure the ones for sale will be eagerly sought out, so if you want one of our girls please let me know so that I can add your name to the waiting list.
That will certainly be an achievement culminating from 10 years of hard effort. It will guarantee us that all our calves will be polled and we will be able to set the benchmark for polled genetics in Australia.