i'd agree...as skulling is cruel+dangerous for cattle+ man
I burn them out but I dont go to the root....I usually scoop out the horn but theres a white base underneath so i mustnt be getting it all. But i havent seen any problems with this method yet!
Usually put sudocream on afterwards.
if you thinnk that doing them at calves is bad look at this video.. cruelty! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaF1PO-Pd2g
in New Zealand they get vets to dehorn
came across this the other day on the web: http://www.ballinadee.com/?q=node/10
don't know if it's any good, but it looks like it might do the job. Anyone using one?
For dehorning, we give them the local anasthetic beforehand and goes fine - they don't act like they're in pain, anyway, and then aluminium spray afterwards to seal the wound - (almost) no bleeding.
hope you mean alamycin spray
nope, Aluspray. It's aluminium-dust-in-a-can and works like a bandage to seal a wound. Good stuff.
ya saw that advertised in journal, not sure about it, i think access to the side which is attached to gate might be tricky
I dehorn my calves as soon as possible.
Maybe you should consider a polled breed. you can get polled bulls for alot of breeds now. I used a polled Blonde D'Aquitaine bull so only my AI calves need dehorning. Polled variations of a breed tend to be quite hard found and cost more than a normal bull
i wouldnt recomend using iodine on any fresh wounds or for dehorning because it will keep the wound fresh.
i find aluspray the best because the cows cant lick it off.
i think its important to have some sort of easy release mechanism for the calfs head in the box to prevent injury.
jaaae,,, never heard of that now, learnt more on here than i did in college
It is actually illegal to dehorn any calve over 14 days without an anaesthetic (and consequently a vet present!)
Not saying anyone does it, but worth throwing in there!
Your link didn't work.
That is horrible
I managed to get a tube of dehorning paste from a supplier in Northern ireland for this year's calves. I do all calves before they're a week old. Its very simple, just clip the hair, make a circle with vaseline to keep the paste on the horn and rub on a tiny bit of paste with a spatula. Its a lot easier on the calves than the dehorning iron and it is very effective.
I tried a couple of times to buyt it down south, but can't find anywhere that sells it.
Not legal to sell the paste or the dehorning sticks in the south. More bullsh1t for the box tickers to police.
I bought about 10 years supply before it went out
Lot less stressful on man and beast in my opinion.
I agree with you about dehorning as soon as possible, I have a good few angus and they are great but sometimes the X calfes can be a bit stronger when you can dehorn them