Most breeds of cattle unless a polled breed naturally develop horns, which continue to grow throughout their lives and contribute to their overall health, they represent a cow’s individuality, and are far more than an addition to their heads. They are in fact sense organs which not only have a stream of blood flowing through them, as seen when one is damaged or removed, but also are connected to the sinus system of the cow allowing air to also circulate through the bone.
Thus, making a subtle but important contribution to the well-being of the cow and to the quality of her digestion and metabolism.
It is the extraordinarily power of the cow’s digestive system that builds a farms fertility, that is the reason that cow manure is so valued. In biodynamics, we perceive a cow’s horns to be of huge functional and spiritual importance – a perspective that comes naturally in countries such as India.
Therefore, we never remove our cows’ horns, we just train them to grow downwards buy using horn weights.
Some evidence suggests that people allergic to milk can safely drink unpasteurised milk from biodynamic horned cattle.
Milk from horned cattle is more digestible, quoted in Biodynamics in Practice, Tom Petherick, Rudolf Steiner Press, 2010