Post by littlecowfl on Jun 17, 2010 14:02:54 GMT -5
I studied animal science when Dr. Temple Grandin was still teaching at CSU back in the mid-90s. For those that have never heard of her, she is autistic and a genius when it comes to understanding animal behavior. I highly recommend her books. They can be a little dry but she covers, not only her own work in understanding animal behavior, but the work of many others as well. Amazing woman! I learned a lot about cattle from her.
So, what do you think of her study on whorl position and cow personality? Is it true in your herd? She didn't look at Dexters, specifically. She used feedlot cattle for her study.
Ok. I checked whorl position on our laid back bull. He actually has 2 whorls. The biggest one is high on his head, right below his top knot. He does have a very small whorl right above his nose. Hmmmm. That complicates things. Haha. Who knows. I hope it doesn't mean we have a schizophrenic bull on our hands! (actually, he's anything but that!)
But it would be interesting to hear others' opinions.
Blessed Wife & Mom 4 dexter heifers 2 dexter steers 1 dexter bull (and another arriving in July-ish) 28 Salmon Faverolles & 28 Barnevelders Plus various other critters