Horned cattle present a safety and beef-quality risk in feedyards, contributing to bruising and hide damage that reduce the value of fed cattle.

New data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) indicate that significant numbers of horned cattle continue to arrive in feedyards. Feedyards in the central region, including Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, and Nebraska place the highest percentage of horned cattle, according to NAHMS data.