I recall this one time visiting a farm : at one shed, a fellow visitor had asked the farmer a question,

“Sir, that cow does not have any horns. Why is that?”

The farmer looked at the cow and nodded his head. Then he turned to the woman who had asked the question.

“Ma’am” said the farmer standing straight, “There are many reasons why cows may not have horns.”

The farmer moved closer to the woman so that she could hear him clearly and continued “Some cows do have horns when they were born, but we intentionally cut the horns off later. Removing horns from dairy cattle is an important farm safety practice because it prevents injuries to both people and cattle.”

“Ohh…” said the woman, drawn in by the sudden lecture.

“Also”, the farmer continued “Some cows do not have horns because when they were young calves, we put a dehorning paste on their heads where the horns would be growing. The paste contains boric acid and effectively stops the horns from forming. In fact, we prefer dehorning them at this age rather than cutting off the horns when they are older.”

“I see!” replied the woman.

“Still..” continued the farmer further “some breeds naturally do not have horns. They include breeds such as the Angus, Galloway and the Red Poll. These are magnificent cattle breeds and are highly sought after.”

The woman nodded. It was a lot to take in.

Then the farmer looked at her tenderly and explained softly,

“…But Ma’am …. the reason why that cow over there does not have any horns is because …… well… she’s a HORSE ……”




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