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Polled Hereford. By: Drew Peach. Table Of Contents. Originated Description Desirable Traits Body Shape Performance Top Animal Diseases and genetic problems References. Originated.

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polled hereford

Polled Hereford

By: Drew Peach

table of contents
Table Of Contents
  • Originated
  • Description
  • Desirable Traits
  • Body Shape
  • Performance
  • Top Animal
  • Diseases and genetic problems
  • References
originated
Originated
  • The Polled Hereford began in the U.S. The first know that was recorded was in Kentucky in 1816. In 1898 the first serious breeding program started. To this date there has been 5.5 million Polled Herefords registered.
description
Description
  • They are medium framed cattle with distinctive red body color. The head, front of the neck, brisket, the underside, and the switch are white. They have well developed fore-quarters, a deep brisket, broad head and stocky legs. They are generally docile and fast growing cattle.
desirable traits
Desirable Traits
  • Outstanding beef-producing characteristics
  • Naturally hornless
body shape
Body Shape
  • Soundness
  • Large feet
  • Good movement
  • No post legs or open shoulders
  • Coat quality and thickness of hides
performance
Performance
  • Used for breeding
  • Used for meat
diseases and genetic problems
Diseases and Genetic Problems
  • Hairless at birth
  • Reduced red blood cell production causing death before 6 months
  • Beta-man. It’s a defective enzyme that causes calves to never get up and they will die
  • Fusion of two toes on a foot
references
References
  • http://www.slanker.com/bulls/19fc2560.gif
  • http://cattle-today.com/poll_hereford.htm
  • http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/cattle/polledhereford/index.htm
  • http://www.animal.ufl.edu/extension/beef/shortcourse/1992/DOUGLASS.PDF
  • http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/beef/facts/93-007.htm#GENETIC