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Less pain is the end goal

Tue, 09/16/2014

New guidelines from the AABP are designed to alleviate some of the discomfort associated with dehorning and castration.

Abby Bauer, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

Dehorning and castrating are not two of the most favorite jobs on a farm, and the calves are likely not fans either. The reality is that both need to be done, so the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) has created guidelines to help veterinarians and livestock producers approach these tasks with animal well-being in mind.

Both practices should be completed considering the following parameters:

Age: Dehorning and castration are best done when the calf is young. Ideally, horns should be removed before the horn base grows larger than 1-inch in diameter. Castration would preferably be performed by 120 days of age. Read more

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