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"So, now you know the difference between antlers and horns. Antlers are found on cervids, are made of bone, are typically branched, and are shed every year. Horns are found on bovids, are made of a bony core with a keratin sheath, are not branched and are a permanent part of the animal."

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I'm more familiar with dairy. Beef types must be dehorned more routinely to reduce bruising cuts?
Horns are undesirable because of the damage they can inflict upon pasture/pen mates.

They are about the only defensive weapon a bovine has and the suckers seem to know that they have them.
 
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Angus don't have horns. That's why some farmers prefer them, they aren't as noisy. Too many cows honking their horns in the middle of the night can become quite irritating.
Well you do know why some cows wear bells...

Their horns don't work.
 

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Horns are undesirable because of the damage they can inflict upon pasture/pen mates.

They are about the only defensive weapon a bovine has and the suckers seem to know that they have them.
Dairy cows must be under less stress. Even our yaks weren't abnormally rough with their horns, but each scenario is different.
 

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Dairy cows must be under less stress. Even our yaks weren't abnormally rough with their horns, but each scenario is different.
I agree, each animal and each scenario is different.

Also where she is in the pecking order.

If you will watch cows in a feeder when there is competition for something other cows will come up and butt them with their heads to drive them away.

Intact horns would potentially cause damage in such a scenario.

Best to knock them off.

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Looks like someone is posting putdowns and insinuations about another HT poster after that someone put the other poster on ignore( or at least said they were going to). I guess that poster can't just put down the game ball and leave it at that. Read into that what you will.
 
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