With social pressure mounting on animal welfare, the dehorning of cows is a hot topic. It is better for a young calf not be put under unnecessary pressure. Therefore it is a good idea for farmers to familiarise themselves with best practices during dehorning, as it is in the best interest of the cow and farm workers to dehorn calves at about six weeks’ of age. Guidelines from the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) cover key considerations for the welfare of calves during the dehorning or disbudding process. These guidelines include the age at which the procedure is done, proper restraint, use of appropriate methods, and pain control during and after the procedure. To read more, click HERE.
Published on Mon, 12th Sep 2016 - 12:30