Procedures For Disbudding/Dehorning
There are 2 methods that have been used over the years:
Use Of Soda
Horn cells can be killed by pasting a soda on the small horns, it is efficient if it is done at an early age. It is better to apply paste when the calves has a full belly and is unable to move around much. The hair in the horn region must be removed before applying paste is good practice.
Use Of Hot Iron
Dehorning or disbudding can be done with a hot iron and administration of local anesthesia e.g lidocaine and anti-inflammatory drugs have been shown to reduce pain and facilitate calf recovery.
During disbudding calves must be restrained properly and done by an experienced personnel or veterinarian to perfect your technique in nerve blocking calves.
Before the procedure administration of Lindocaine (2%), inject 5 ml of lindocaine into each side of the head of the animal spread all over the spot where the process is being done, repeat for the other side of the head, wait about five to ten minutes before dehorning.
After the above, then the following process must be followed:
- Locate the horn bud;
- Run your hand down the side of the face towards the outer corner of the eye, to feel a ridge.
Every farmer must ensure that good herd management is put in place to ensure that the great potential in every animal is maximized and creating a conducive environment for the animals to perform excellently.