Calf Disbudding

STRESS FREE & PAIN FREE VETERINARY CALF DISBUDDING

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Calf disbudding is the removal of horn-producing tissue prior to its attachment to the frontal bone.

Recent studies show that the use of sedation and local anaesthetic during disbudding of calves significantly reduces the stress and pain associated with this procedure. Not only does this lead to better welfare outcomes but also better production outcomes.

Calves disbudded with sedation and pain relief have been shown to have 17% higher average daily growth rates in the two weeks following disbudding when compared to calves without. This average daily growth rate in heifers prior to puberty has a huge impact on lactation performance over their lifetime.

OUR PROCEDURE: Our process is designed to allow easier disbudding whilst maintaining animal welfare.

We reduce the stress, pain, discomfort and other negative health impacts from the disbudding process via the administration of general sedation and the application of local anaesthetic to the horn base, which allows us to complete the job consistently and efficiently.

Additionally, we administer an anti-inflammatory injection which offers long-acting pain relief.

Calves are checked for hernias or extra teats and treated accordingly.

REQUIREMENTS: The following guidelines are essential to providing the most effective stress and pain free disbudding process:

  • Calves must be older than 2 weeks of age to handle the sedation that is administered.
  • Do NOT feed the calves for 6 Hours prior to the disbudding, to avoid bloating, choking and aspiration of food 
  • Sick Calves should have disbudding delayed.

OUR SERVICE & COSTS:

  • Heavy Sedation
  • Local Anaesthetic disbudding
  • Anti-inflammatory Pain Relief
  • Hernia checks
  • Removal of extra teats
  • Cost: $9.00 per calf