Avoid restricting your breeding program to a smaller gene pool.
Beware of going too Poll over Poll over Poll. We believe, as seed stock and commercial producers, the best polled herds carry a 'trace element' of horned gene. The gene which helps maintain width, bone and weight in your cattle.
A trend towards selection of only polled genetics, like selection for any single trait, is counter productive and restricts growth.
If you want to keep some width, meat, strength of spine and size in your cattle, ($$'s in the bank) not to mention keeping a good hooded eye and broad muzzle. Buy cattle with some horn in their history.
There are examples out there of a narrow approach to genetic selection where breeders have restricted themselves, over generations, to polls only. The result can be narrow, light cattle, lacking bone and width. There are also 'open eyed, narrow headed cattle - lacking hood' from years of poll over poll. The horned gene will help maintain the good hooded eye, broad forehead and muzzle.
If you want some weight , width and character back in your cattle, buy the odd animal with Horn in it's History. Don't restrict your breeding program to a smaller gene pool.
Our stud business will buy 5 or 6 bulls this season. The Wajatryn cow herd is two thirds polled. Our current Sires are all polled or scurred apart from two very handy Redskin bulls. On balance, if one or two of the bulls we buy this year are horny, so much the better.
Because, we believe, that Horny History Helps.