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Angus Bull Question

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by taxidermygirl, Sep 27, 2015.

  1. taxidermygirl

    taxidermygirl Member

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    Hi guys, I have a customer that would like a Polled Angus Bull mounted. I am looking for a form and the closest I can find is Research domestic cow. R-283, Has anyone out there mounted on this form before? I am wondering if this is a bull form with the big humped shoulders or specifically a cow....but would a cow be a "Polled"? Is this the form for a 1000+ lbs bull or is there a better one out there? Bison?
    Thanks in advance
     
  2. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    WOW! What a challenge! I think a Bison mannikin would create more issues than it would solve.
     

  3. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    Polled just means it has no horns. Angus bulls have only a slight hump, more at the neck than at the shoulder. Bison would be WAY off completely. Cow form (female) lacks the size and muscle of a bull and would require a LOT adaptation. I would get a bull form (horned) and file down the horn bases and leave them off. I know Research Mannekins has one (W-287) and I would bet McKenzie or one of the other suppliers will have one as well.
     
  4. grumpa

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    * Grumpas bullhead 2.jpg (25.07 kB, 480x360 - If the picture shows up when you click on the link, I mounted this on a greatly altered cape buffalo form. Worked it up with reference shots of my customers bull before we butchered it. Well the link doesn't work. And I'm not computer literate. Ask George.
    Or try this link https://www.facebook.com/169972024301/photos/pb.169972024301.-2207520000.1443569560./10152735378209302/?type=3&theater
     
  5. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    I used to raise registered black angus and I can tell you they have certain distinct characteristics that will be hard to match off of just any form. Of course, with any form you're going to have to adapt somewhat, but you need to get the one clesest to the measurements your bull has. If it were me, I would use Van Dykes LHV-101, LHV-300 or the above mentioned form from Reasearch. Make sure you add the hump, or neck swell, high on the neck. Jonas has a Hereford bull form that might be adapted, but probably would have to be cut down and have neck hump added. If your bull has a shoulder hump, its a Brangus and one of the brahman forms would work better - again just cut horn bases off in that your bull is polled.
     
  6. jk

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    Years ago I mounted a miniature Herford bull head. I was able to get a form form from research or Jonas not sure which. It was a cardboard form. I altered it, put some additional support in it and poured it with foam. It turned out great. First and last time I mounted on a cardboard form. I am sure you could find something closer today. Being an old farm boy, I would think that a herford and angus form would be close. Lots of measurements and start altering. While these jobs are challenging they can also be a lot of fun. Good Luck

    J
     
  7. Riverland

    Riverland New Member

    Just did a Scottish highlander on lhv300 in vandykes. Head was pretty close. I widdened the shoulder 3 inches and lengthened neck about 4 inches . not as much work as it sounds. turned out pretty nice. The nose pad is closer to a cape buffalo than what is on the form. Used bison earliners that were perfect. also not not computer literate with pics but can email if interested.
     
  8. Gary B.

    Gary B. Active Member

    If you can't find something close to the size needed, you may want to check out cape buffalo forms as they have more sizes available

    Gary B.
     
  9. grumpa

    grumpa Active Member

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    try this link also http://www.taxidermy.net/forum/index.php/topic,221887.msg1568893.html#msg1568893
     
  10. double shovel

    double shovel SilverWillowTaxidermy

    Check out Hauser Forms , I was surprised at the amount of cattle forms they had when I looked the other day
     
  11. Davidbelgium

    Davidbelgium New Member

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    There is a also this supplier in the UK http://www.jhtsupplies.co.uk/highland-bull-shoulder-mount-hb-1/p00000605
     
  12. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    It's a shame that US suppliers don't import those forms from the UK. It's some very nice work and with taxidermy suddenly become a favorite of decorators (after decades of claiming taxidermy work devalued the home - sanctimonious bastards), it would be nice to have a selection. When it comes to the big cows, the first place I look is the Cape buffalo forms. Unless it's a longhorn, the cape has that built in "attitude" that makes a shoulder mount eye catching. Most of the cow forms tend to look docile and like...........................................cows.
     
  13. Jerry Huffaker

    Jerry Huffaker Well-Known Member

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    Those are all research mannikin forms on that site
     
  14. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    You're correct Jerry. That link is not to the guy I just looked at last week or so. Perhaps Grumpa or Richard Christoforo have that link.
     
  15. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    You won't find these in the Research Catalog ..... OR anyone elses here in the us.

    http://hauser-tierformen.de/hausershop/index.php?cPath=33_50

    P.S. I just LOVE the ony 2 measurments LMAO