Teach proper dehorning techniques

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According to Todd Duffield, veterinarian with the Ontario Veterinary College, in Ontario, Canada, dehorning is a four-step process that includes: 1) developing a dehorning protocol, 2) using a nerve block, 3) dehorning at a young age and 4) using an approved NSAID (anti-inflammatory drug) for post-operative pain.

However, Washington State University Veterinary Medicine Extension experts propose adding one more step — training and retraining individuals who conduct dehorning procedures — to the process.

The topic of dehorning is featured in a recent issue of ag animal health, a publication of Washington State University Veterinary Medicine Extension.  See “Dehorning Resources” at the end of the Spring 2012 ag animal health newsletter.

Source: Veterinary Medicine Extension, Washington State University



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Nathan Cline    
Iowa  |  June, 12, 2012 at 02:33 PM

1 step process, breed naturally polled cattle. All 6 main breeds and several crossbreeding options have the polled gene, and there are more polled cattle being born all the time. I own polledd cattle in all 3 breeds in my herd.


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