Tut51#8: Don't Be Cowed (G1044)


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Featured 1/27/13 in Flame Apophysis

Created primarily in Apophysis 7×15b as an abstract fractal based on the Linear Triangles by ChaosFissure on DA from Forum #51 in Apophysis Tutorial Fun group, with postbwraps, postmirror x & y and Loonie plugins used in an added Fx. A few of the xaos settings were adjusted to zero to create some “gaps” in the pattern. Additional enhancements (gradient fill background and swirls) in GIMP v2.8. Best if viewed larger.

Do Milk Cows have horns?

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Not sure where those other two are getting there answers, but here’s my answer:

All known breeds of cows, at one point in time, had horns. Through artificial selection, farmers and breeders have realized that the polled (non-horned) gene is dominant, and there for can be bred out of a breed easily. Over 90% of the dairy cows in the U.S. are Holstein, then Jerseys, Brown Swiss, Ayrshire, and Guernseys make up the rest.

Unlike in beef breeds, dairy farmers have been much more focused on producing milk than removing horns. Beef cattle are often born in vast acres of pasture where the calves might not be found for days. One of the biggest reasons a birth might not go well for beef breeds is based on headsize, and since a polled calf has a much smaller head, breeds like Hereford, have taken great strides to all but eliminate horns. Of course other breeds like Texas Longhorns are required to have horns.

So most dairy cattle have horns. But they aren’t necessarily born with them depending on what genes they are given. For those that do have horns, they lose them quickly because dairy farmers trim them to prevent injury to other cattle and the individual cow (getting horns stuck somewhere).

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