Hi everyone, I have three crossbred heifer calves and I am trying to determine whether or not we have horns ( that will need dehorning) or just scurs. One heifer has had visible horn buds since she was just a couple weeks old, so I'm pretty sure she is horned. The other two are 3-4 months old and had not until just now shown any horn growth (or scur growth whichever it is). Now I am seeing little buds. Can you please post pictures of the difference between horns and scurs on calves that are less than 6 months of age? Thanks in advance. L.
Last Edit: Apr 16, 2011 17:41:11 GMT -5 by barnydhppy
In my experience, scurs are remnants of horn buds usually caused when the horn is not de-horned well enough. By leaving a bit of the horn tissue intact, a scur grows out, rather than the full horn it would've been had the horn not been messed with.
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I have a two year old that has scurs.. He was never dehorned but they didnt grow untill he was about 6 months or older. He is out of a horned cow and a polled bull. If you can feel them now I would put horning paste on them or burn them off.
Most natural scurrs are loose, by that I mean they are not atached to anything but the skin. Feel and see if they move around. Sometimes they are misplaced, meaning they aren't right over the spot where a horn grows from.
That's an awesome link! It would have answered all the questions I had earlier this year too!! Bonnie is heavy scurred. That is, her scurs look like horns but they aren't attached to her skull and if I pulled hard enough they would rip right off of her head. I bought her when she was 8 months old and they had just started growing. Cody was born with horn buds that were definitely growing from his skull, not the skin. If they aren't wiggly then I'd call them horns. I posted a question related to this and many people said that their horned calves didn't get their buds until 3-4 months of age.
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