Low Body Condition Normal or a Medical Issue?
Dr. Ken McMillan
Let’s start with the basics: genetics. Anytime we single-trait select, our goal is to concentrate the genes we want. We can also concentrate less desirable genes. Certainly, size was an emphasis in creating this breed, just as the polled gene was so many years ago when Polled Herefords were becoming developed. The Horned Hereford folks used to joke when they bred the horns off, they bred the butt off, also. So, some cows might just have a bad set of genes.