The evaluation of pain management strategies for either caustic paste or cautery disbudding in dairy calves

Destruction of the horn bud in 4-6 wk old calves using either hot-iron or chemical disbudding is a common practice in the dairy industry. There is a limited body of research on the effects of chemical disbudding and the pain it causes to the animal as well as research on appropriate methods to mitigate the pain following this procedure, and research to identify appropriate pain managements is needed. Although there has been a number of studies assess hot-iron disbudding and pain mitigation, there is a need to investigate the combination of a sedative, a local anesthetic and an analgesic.

Intern: 
Nathalie Christine Newby
Superviseur universitaire: 
Dr. Todd Duffield
Project Year: 
2014
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Ontario
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