When I was fourteen my parents had a few

Hereford cattle on there farm including one paddock

of 25 mixed age cows, one  of which was a poll.

 That is, it had no horns and was bullied by those with horns.

After a chat with a school mate who was a dairy farmer’s son,

I suggested to Dad that we dehorn the cows.

So our first de-horning day came round.

 We left the polled cow out in a holding yard

happily chewing on a bale of hay.

First cow to be de-horned and let back to the holding yard

marched straight up to poll cow and

gave her head a sharp flick to the left.

Poll cow jumps away in self preservation.

De-horned cow tried same manoeuvre several more times

with poll cow preserving self.

Then the penny dropped.

Poll cow realised there were no horns to hurt her.

The tables turned because she had a lifetime advantage

of knowing how to fight without horns.

 Freshly de-horned cow had no idea

of fighting without her weapons.

We watched in amusement for a few minutes

until we realised that the polled cow was going

to make up for a life time of being bullied.

 Polled cow was removed to the paddock

leaving freshly de-horned cows

to recover in the holding yard.


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