- Feb 10, 2005
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- Stratton, Ontario
Question for Aaron.Do the polled herefords still have the weak retractor muscles on the penis? Had a neighbor years ago with polls and thats the way his bulls were,just like the angus!!!!
Wow Juan, that's news to me! Never, have I ever heard about weak retractor muscles in the Herefords, polled or horned. That was and still seems to be a problem with the Angus. I wonder what bloodlines your neighbour was using? Maybe, if he was breeding alot of sloppy sheathed gutty bulls, he was breeding all the abdominal muscle out of them. I know that sloppy sheaths and the such seemed to be a big problem in the 80's in the Herefords, but breeders cracked down on that over the last decade and it seems to have fadded away.
I focus on creating and keeping my Herefords a maternal breed, so I use bulls with guts every now and then, along with crossing them with bulls who are pretty athletic. Seems to give my cows that perfect barrel shape, but not a belly a 1/2 foot off of the ground.