A calf at Offhaus Farms in New York State got a horn infection from dehorning and needed daily care. Conventional foot wrap bandage did not do the job, says Pam Sojda, calf manager. “It was either too tight on the calf’s neck or too loose to keep the gauze on.” The wound needed to be kept free of bedding and flies, yet still allow for some air. 

Sojda improvised with a leg cut off a pair of pantyhose. “It worked perfectly,” she says. “The pantyhose kept out the bedding and flies, but held the gauze in place.” After slipping the “leg” of the pantyhose over the calf’s nose and head, she cut small holes for the calf’s eyes and ears. The pantyhose bandage allowed the calf to eat easily and the wound to breathe.

If the pantyhose bind up too tight around her neck, a few snips from the scissors at the neck solves the problem, she says. One “leg” of the pantyhose can make two bandages.

Since this calf’s horn infection required cleaning out twice a day for more than a week, the pantyhose was just pulled back, the wound cleaned and treated, then put back in place. In the interest of cleanliness and economics, the “leg” was changed once per day. Sojda says the calf seemed to prefer the pantyhose bandage over the first bandage of foot wrap.